City man back from ‘Mars’

Samuel Payler spent eight months in a dome
Samuel Payler spent eight months in a dome
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AN Edinburgh University researcher has emerged from a dome on a remote Hawaiian volcano after spending eight months simulating a mission to Mars.

Samuel Payler, a doctoral candidate at the UK Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh, and five other researchers entered the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation habitat on Mauna Loa in January.

The group were kept in isolation to test how humans would react to living in confined conditions for an extended period of time.

The experiment was intended to help Nasa determine the requirements for sending astronauts on long missions, including future voyages to Mars.