NASA is looking for participants willing to be alone with a small group of people for eight months, according tomedia, which will help the agency understand the effects of being alone on the human body during long-term space travel. The isolation will take place at a facility in Moscow, Russia, where participants will be exposed to living conditions similar to those experienced by astronauts on future missions to Mars.
For years, NASA has been studying the physical and mental effects of space, including the effects of prolonged time in small, isolated, socially limited places. The goal of this latest program is to recruit U.S. citizens between the ages of 30 and 55, who are proficient in English and Russian.
Students must complete officer training, have a master’s degree, a medical degree, or a doctorate, and in some cases NASA may accept applicants with only a bachelor’s degree and meet “other specific requirements” – possibly for military service or other types of education.
According to NASA, the quarantine will involve international crews, who will conduct scientific research and other work.