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Mars Dome – a cool closed system

According to a recent BBC news article, NASA is doing a Mars simulation project to see if six live human beings can survive being isolated in a dome together. From a MoBE perspective, it would be cool to study this system. It’s completely closed to outside microbes – the people living in this dome have to wear space suits whenever they leave. I can’t even imagine how that changes the human microbiome and the indoor air quality, but it’s probably interesting. At the same time, living in this closed environment also means nothing in the dome will contaminate the outside, which is a common theme on microBEnet and concern of space scientists. Regardless, it’s still really cool to imagine humans on Mars.

The future of Mars travel. Image by SpaceX Photos via Flickr (public domain license)
The future of Mars travel. Image by SpaceX Photos via Flickr (public domain license)
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Alex Alexiev

Alex Alexiev is a recent UC Davis graduate with a BS in microbiology working in Jonathan Eisen’s lab on aquariums as part of the microbiology of the built environment.

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