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