Mars Research Continues on Hawaii Soil

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Here’s a relationship you may not know about: a connection between Hawaii and the planet Mars.

Scientists have confirmed that soil on Mars contains minerals similar to those found on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano.  That link is good news for Kim Binsted.  She’s involved with the UH-Nasa project, HI-SEAS.  That’s a 120 day project that simulates a mission to Mars…looking at some of the effects of long-term space travel.  On the top of their list is food.  Binsted stresses how efficiency is key…too much packaging can add bulk and waste to the spacecraft.

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Binsted hopes the recent findings on Mars will bring more research projects exploring the red planet to Hawaii.   The HI-SEAS project is set to begin next spring.

 

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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)