NASA awarded a $1.2 million grant to a Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation space research program to simulate a Mars base on the slopes of the island's Mauna Loa volcano. The program will take place at an elevation of 8,000 feet in a Mars-like environment and will study the ability of astronauts to perform a trip to Mars. "It's an ideal location to model the challenging conditions that astronauts are likely to encounter during their stay on Mars," said principal investigator Kim Binsted.

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