HI-SEAS Mission VII recruiting crew

HI-SEAS dome on Mauna Loa

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are seeking crewmembers for a NASA-funded long-duration space exploration analog study (start date to be determined).

These types of studies are essential for NASA to understand how teams of astronauts will perform during long-duration space exploration missions, such as those that will be required for human travel to Mars. The studies will also allow researchers to recommend strategies for crew composition for such missions, and to determine how best to support such crews while they are working in space.

The upcoming missions will be conducted at the Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) site, an isolated Mars-like environment on the slopes of Mauna Loa on Hawaiʻi Island at approximately 8,200 feet above sea level. Crewmember participants will live in the same modern geodesic dome habitat that successfully supported five long-duration NASA-funded studies including a year-long study of team cohesion that garnered national and international media attention.

HI-SEAS Mission VI was cancelled February 26, after one of the four crew members withdrew. Institutional Review Board (IRB) investigations into an accident that happened earlier at the habitat are ongoing.

Principal Investigator Kim Binsted said, “The IRB’s gave us permission to reopen recruitment right away, just not to go ahead with the next mission. Because recruitment takes several months, we thought it best to start that process now, even though we don’t yet have a firm start date for the next mission.”


Applicants must be between 21 and 65 years of age. They must be tobacco-free, able to pass a class-2 flight physical examination, and able to understand, speak and write fluently in English. They must meet the basic requirements of the NASA astronaut program (i.e., an undergraduate degree in a science or engineering discipline, three years of experience or graduate study, etc.); in addition, they will be evaluated for experience considered valuable in the program, such as experience in complex operational environments.

For more information visit the HI-SEAS website.

Read more UH News stories about HI-SEAS missions.

Windward CC student awarded sustainability program scholarship

Harvy King

Windward Community College student Harvy King received a full scholarship to participate in the Sustainable Community Food and Energy Systems Intensive course, which ran March 3–11 on Oʻahu.

Students can earn up to three college credits in nine days by studying with a cohort of students from multiple universities across the nation who are passionately interested in sustainability topics related to food and energy.

“I’m feeling blessed to be enrolled,” King said prior to his participation. “I am thankful and excited to learn more about deeper layers of Hawaiian culture and the damaged biocultural systems. Learning how to heal man and the land is the task at hand!”

Lectures focused on topics such as sustainable food systems and energy in Hawaiʻi and the practice of sustainable agriculture. Noa Lincoln, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor in the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, discussed the politics of food in Hawaiʻi.

“In this course we use Hawaiʻi as a model system to illustrate tradeoffs at the nexus of food, water and energy,” said Lincoln. “We attempt to blend business, technology and values to push students to envision [an] impactful model of social enterprise to solve problems in these arenas.”

More about the Sustainable Community Food and Energy Systems Intensive course

This short-term, experiential course intensive was made possible through a partnership involving The GREEN Program, University of Hawaiʻi Office of Sustainability and the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at UH Mānoa. It was hosted by alternative travel company Altruvistas and Hawaiʻi Travel Director Lala Nuss, who is also the founder of a social enterprise, Conscious Concepts.

“As a keiki o ka ʻāina, having the opportunity to work with AltruVistas as the Hawaiʻi travel director and curating travel experiences for individuals and groups genuinely interested in connecting to, learning from and positively impacting the place and people they come to visit is an incredible honor as well as a necessary challenge,” said Nuss. “The evolution of the travel industry and Hawaiʻi is a unique opportunity to create a model as a global leader in transforming travel for the greater good, not just for profit but for prosperity, true wealth—waiwai—and it all starts from the roots.”

Kamaʻaina scholarships will be available for the next cohort starting in summer 2018. Learn more about the program.

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