Beginning Thursday, April 27 at 9 a.m., a four-person crew given the moniker Inclusion 1 will make their way inside a sealed, pressurized habitat within the Biosphere 2 compound.

The crew will stay inside the habitat, known as the Space Analog for the Moon and Mars (or SAM), for 6 days. SAM was built by Biosphere 2 researchers as an “experimental prototype” to understand how humans might live and work in space.

UArizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, Paragon Space Development Corporation, as well as NASA assisted in the development of SAM.

“Thirty years ago, eight people sealed themselves inside Biosphere 2 for two years. For the first time since, a crew will seal themselves inside of an analog habitat at this historic location,” said Kai Staats, director of research for SAM at Biosphere 2.

The crew, known as the Inclusive I team, consists of:

Cassandra Klos: mission commander and photographer Eiman Jahangir: mission medical officer Bailey Burns: mission engineer Sheri Wells-Jensen: mission communications officer

Wells-Jensen is also blind, and will help address accessibility concerns within the habitat. You can read more about the team and their extensive collective experience here.

The Inlcusive I team will exit the SAM on May 2.



Download our free app for Roku, FireTV, AppleTV, Alexa, and mobile devices. Sign up for daily newsletters emailed to you Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter