HI-SEAS participants are pictured here as they made their way out of isolation in August 2016. 

A recent article in the New York Times sheds light on the close-knit living conditions experienced by the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) participants.

According to the article, the six scientists who endured a year of isolation in the Mars-like habitat say the two biggest challenges they faced were the physical and the emotional isolation.

Some of the lessons learned from the year of close quarters include to choose your boss wisely, a bad day may bring you closer together, make your own fun, and know that you will become really annoyed with your colleagues.

The researchers first entered the Mauna Loa facility in August of 2015. They were the longest group to endure the Mars simulation experiment to date.

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