NASA Hiring 'Martian Astronaut' Volunteers

NASA is looking for volunteers to sign up as a 'Martian Astronaut'. You won't actually be going to Mars, but instead spend a year inside a simulated Mars colony. Volunteers will be part of a four-person crew living inside a 1,700-square foot habitat inside Houston's Johnson Space Center, where you'd carry out various tasks meant to simulate life on Mars. The first of these missions is already halfway done - they even share official updates in a podcast. We should probably mention that volunteers have the same requirements as actual NASA astronauts - including a master's degree in STEM and experience as a pilot. Would you want to do something like this?  Could you spend an entire year with just three other people?

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