The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) welcomed the HI-SEAS participants on Aug. 28.

A group of scientists who have spent a year in isolation atop of Mauna Loa emerged into the public eye on Aug. 28.

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The HI-SEAS Mars Habitat. Photo Credit: PISCES.

The six scientists participating in the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) experiment made history this weekend when they became the first to successfully endure a yearlong Mars simulation.

The six members in the project include Tristan Bassingthwaighte, crew architecture; Cyprien Verseux, crew biologist; Andrzej Stewart, chief engineering officer; Sheyna E. Gifford, chief medical and safety officer and journalist; Christiane, chief scientific officer and crew physicist; Carmel Johnston, crew commander.

The University of Hawai’i operated the NASA-funded study under the investigation of PISCES’ board member Dr. Kim Binsted.  Dr. Binsted is a professor in the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawai’i and a co-investigator at the UH-NASA Astrobiology Institute. She joined the PISCES’ board in July.

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Members of the HI-SEAS mission are seen here after reentry. Photo Credit: PISCES.

During the study, each scientist focused on various projects while learning to ration and coexist harmoniously.

Congrats to everyone involved with the project! For more information visit