Simulating Mars

September 19, 2015

PTA Simulating Mars

The Big Island of Hawaii is both beautiful and foreboding. I can still remember every step of the 14,000 ft hike up Mauna Kea. At 14,000 ft oxygen is 40% less than sea level, forcing your brain and body to function with fewer resources than it is used to. While most people stop for an hour or two to get acclimated at 6,000 ft before continuing, my unit and I were conducting altitude training for our deployment to Afghanistan… and that meant all the symptoms of altitude poisoning had to come with it! I’ll always value that hike – and the view is well worth the pain.

Mars astronaut hopefuls are doing something similar on Mauna Kea’s twin sister Mauna Loa – just a few miles away. Rather than training for combat, they are Simulating Mars (the link will take you to their article) in order to test their physical, emotional, and spiritual limits; as well as, their ability to survive in a harsh and unforgiving climate.

So I have a simple question for you! Just how long could you seriously live in isolation on a tropical island before you had to venture down the hill? My answer… probably about 3 days – and I would most definitely get some delicious Kalua Pork at the bottom!

Scroll through the article above and then leave a comment below and let me know how long you would last on this tropical paradise playing astronaut!

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