Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA)

HERA MISSION XIX DEPARTS FOR MARS MOON PHOBOS

While NASA is planning a human mission to the Moon in 2024, researchers on the ground are preparing the most precious cargo that will be aboard: the human body and mind. By studying the effects of isolation and confinement in ground-based analogs, scientists are learning how to counter the hazards of human spaceflight without leaving […]

NORTHWESTERN STUDY OF ANALOG CREWS IN ISOLATION REVEALS WEAK SPOTS FOR MISSION TO MARS

Northwestern University researchers are developing a predictive model to help NASA anticipate conflicts and communication breakdowns among crew members and head off problems that could make or break the Mission to Mars. NASA has formalized plans to send a crewed spacecraft to Mars, a journey that could involve 250 million miles of travel. Among the […]

HERA MISSION 11 CREW RETURNS

The HERA Mission 11 crew successfully “splashed-down” on Wednesday, August 10, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. This 30-day, on-Earth, simulation paves the way for future human research in the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA). A spaceflight analog is a situation on Earth that mimics physical and mental effects on the body experienced […]

SAFE “SPLASHDOWN” FOR HERA MISSION 10 CREW

After 30-days in the confines of a simulated spacecraft, the HERA Mission 10 crew “splashed-down” on the evening of Wednesday, June 1. The Commander of the mission declared the mission a success and officially turned the vessel back over to NASA. HERA—the Human Exploration Research Analog—is one of several analogs used by the Human Research […]

HERA MISSION 10 CREW TO “SPLASHDOWN” ON WEDNESDAY

After 30-days in the confines of a simulated spacecraft, the HERA Mission 10 crew will “splashdown” on the evening of Wednesday, June 1. The Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) is one of several analogs used by the Human Research Program (HRP) to research ways to help NASA astronauts move from lower-Earth orbit to deep space […]

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