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Mars project scientists emerge from dome after 8 months

In this photo provided by the University of Hawaii at Manoa HI-SEAS Human Factors Performance Study, six scientists exit a dome that they lived in as part of an isolated existence to simulate life on a mission to Mars, on the bleak slopes of dormant volcano Mauna Loa near Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, Saturday, June 13, 2015. The scientists who took part of a human performance study funded by NASA, stepped outside the dome at 8,000 feet elevation to feel fresh air on their skin Saturday, the first time they'd ventured out without donning a space suit in eight months. (Ryan Ogliore/University of Hawaii at Manoa via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT


Volunteers who have spent 8 months inside a dome on a Hawaii volcano to simulate life on Mars have completed their mission
Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.

The crew stepped outside the dome that’s 8,000 feet (2,400 metres) up the slopes of Mauna Loa to feel fresh air on their skin on Saturday. It was the first time they left without donning a space suit.

The scientists are part of a human performance study funded by Nasa that tracked how they worked together as a team. They have been monitored by surveillance cameras, body movement trackers and electronic surveys.