HI-SEAS Mission VI postponed following a minor accident

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Daniel Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936
UH Spokesman, UH Office of Communications
Kelli Abe Trifonovitch, (808) 228-8108
UH Office of Communications
Posted: Feb 19, 2018

A crew member of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission VI was admitted this morning to Hilo Medical Center for required medical attention and was under observation for a few hours before being released. The crew member was taken to the hospital from the HI-SEAS dome at the 8,200-foot level of Mauna Loa at about 8 a.m. today.

Under Institutional Research Board regulations, no further medical information can be provided without the crew member’s permission.  Crew safety is the top priority and, in line with safety protocols, the mission has been postponed and the crew has left the dome, according to HI-SEAS Principal Investigator Kim Binsted. The mission will remain suspended until an inspection of the dome and investigation are completed.

HI-SEAS Mission VI started on February 15, 2018, with four crewmembers and was scheduled to last eight months. The crewmembers are from Australia, Korea, Scotland and Slovakia.

The NASA-funded project studies human behavior and performance and aims to help determine the individual and team requirements for long-duration space exploration missions, including travel to Mars.