Lunar/Mars Analog Hab Mission V Begins Today!
The University of North Dakota's Human Spaceflight Laboratory is conducting its fifth mission in the Integrated Lunar/Mars Analog Habitat located in the UND Technology Park.
Mission V will be a two-week planetary analog simulation beginning May 2, 2018 with crew members entering the Hab at 1:00 p.m.
Crew members are Space Studies Graduate Student Prabhu Victor (returning Mission IV crew member), UND Senior Bio-Medical student Nelio Nascimento, and Michael Castro, MD (veteran of a NASA HERA analog mission).
Crew members will be continuously living and participating in research experiments within the Hab, and working with the rover and the NDX2-AT planetary suits for the two-week duration.
Mission V will focus on:
- Crew performance including an intensive research schedule testing a portable electroencephalogram (EEG) for NASA measuring brain activity for performance and cognition during operations.
- Testing of the Hab’s new infrastructure including the recently automated water system in the plant module, and
- Extravehicular Activity (EVA) in the NDX-2AT space suits including a balloon launch and at least one nighttime EVA to conduct telescope observation.