No wonder 100,000 have applied for a one-way ticket. Martian terrain looks just like Hawaii. Because it is — at least for six faux-astronauts who are living in tightly monitored quarters on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano as part of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS, project.
The mission’s website says its primary goal is to study food preparation for long-term space exploration. But just as important, the New York Times reports, is examining how humans would cope with boredom on an eight-month journey to Mars. Peter Suedfeld, a psychologist, tells NYT that that people suffering from a lack of stimuli that results in chronic boredom sometimes do really stupid things, like polar researchers wandering out in -40 degree weather.
If you’re interested in going to Mars, you’re in luck! Applications are still available at the Mars One Project. Only 100,000 people have applied so far, the International Business Times reports. Easier than winning the Powerball. Unfortunately, it’s a one-way ticket. And to judge by the meals prepared by HI-SEAS, don’t even think of going if you don’t like Spam.