Captain Shareef Al Romaithi is halfway through his 45-day Mars simulation inside the HERA Habitat Simulator at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Al Romaithi and his crewmates live and work inside the simulator, just as astronauts on a Mars mission would, helping NASA collect vital data on how isolation can affect crew performance .

They conduct vital research into how crew members adapt to harsh conditions before embarking on deep space missions.

The Emirati space industry is also reaping the benefits of NASA’s research. Al Romaithi says she is running 18 experiments within HERA, six of which were designed at universities in the UAE.

His work in the simulator is also part of the UAE’s analog program at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.

In April, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center announced the selection of Al Romaithi for the second analog study of the Emirati program.


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