An out-of-this-world experience
Jocelyn Dunn, who received her master’s in biomedical engineering and is currently an industrial engineering doctoral student, recently spent eight months with five other crew members in a 13,570 cubic feet, domed habitat on a volcanic landscape mimicking life on a Martian outpost as part of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program.
Finished in June 2015, the mission studied the social, interpersonal and cognitive factors that affect team and individual performance during long-term isolation in an extreme environment — like one would experience on a mission to Mars.
Dunn kept the public informed through her blog where she took readers through the unexpected aspects of life in the dome, from the beauty of short showers, to the fun of golfing on Mars, to the satisfaction of self-discovery.
“This experience of living in an isolated and confined environment has given me the freedom to learn about myself — to reduce my requirements and live simply — to rule over longings — to focus on developing my intellect,” she wrote.
You can read more about Dunn’s adventure in our Spring 2015 Biomedical Engineering Newsletter.