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Japan, U.S. to start joint training for habitation on Mars

  • August 6, 2019
  • , NIKKEI Business Daily , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

In early August, a group of astronauts and students from Japan and the U.S. will start joint training for living on Mars at “Biosphere 2,” a large facility in the State of Arizona. The facility can recreate the Earth’s ecosystem such as an artificial ocean and allow researchers to study living conditions in an isolated environment.


Professor Yosuke Yamashiki (specialized in Earth and planetary science) at the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Study in Human Survivability, Kyoto University, will give instruction at the facility. According to the professor, Biosphere 2 refers to a second biosphere built in 1991. The facility is built from iron and glass and recreates desert and tropical forest. During the training, participants will live in an environment simulating Earth based on the assumption they are residing on Mars. Undergoing the training will be five students each from Kyoto University and the University of Arizona, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and astronauts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. From Aug. 5 to 10, they will study environmental issues associated with living on Mars.

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