Global media document historic University of Hawai‘i Mars simulation

(resending with corrected Flickr link)

University of Hawaiʻi
Daniel Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936
University of Hawaiʻi System
Kelli Abe Trifonovitch, (808) 228-8108
University of Hawai‘i System
Posted: Aug 28, 2016

University of Hawaii Mars simulation crew exits their habitat on Mauna Loa
University of Hawaii Mars simulation crew exits their habitat on Mauna Loa

Link to video and sound of exit:

After 365 days, the longest mission in project history, and amidst a throng of media from around the world, six crew members exited from their Mars simulation habitat on slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island.

The crew lived in isolation in a geodesic dome set in a Mars-like environment at approximately 8,200 feet above sea level as part of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s fourth Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS, project. 

For more on this story go to UH News:

Link to still photos of crew and exit via Flickr (may be slightly delayed today):

Link to video and sound of exit:

B-roll shotlist:

Crew exit from habitat

4 shots hugging family and friends

1 shot press conference

2 shots of crew eating


Kim Binsted, HI-SEAS principal investigator, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, professor (:14)

“HI-SEAS is an example of international collaborative research hosted and run by the University of Hawai‘i.  So its really exciting to be able to welcome the crew back to earth and back to Hawai‘i after a year on Mars.”

Tristan Bassingthwaighte, HI-SEAS crew member and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Ph.D. candidate (:14)

“The UH research going on up here is just super vital when it comes to picking crews, figuring out how people are going to actually work on different kinds of missions, and sort of the human factors element of space travel, colonization, whatever it is you are actually looking at.”

Cyprien Verseux, French HI-SEAS crew member (:12)

“I can give you my personal impression which is that a mission to Mars in the close future is realistic.  I think the techonological and psychological obstacles can be overcome.”

Christiane Heinicke, German HI-SEAS crew member (:14)

“Showing that it works, you can actually get water from the ground that is seemingly dry.  It would work on Mars and the implication is that you would be able to get water on Mars from this little greenhouse construct.”

**Links to past HI-SEAS video, photos and UH News stories.  Please credit the University of Hawai‘i.  (NOTE:  video can only be viewed by using a professional editing program.  WILL NOT WORK ON A PERSONAL COMPUTER)

B-roll of current Mission 4:

B-roll of past missions:

UH News HI-SEAS stories:

HI-SEAS website: