Mauna Loa, Hawaii - August 13, 2013

1. Wide shot of dome on barren Hawaii lava field

2. Wide shot of first researcher emerging from dome

3. Medium shot of people with cameras taking pictures of the event

4. Various shots of other researchers exiting the dome

5. Medium shot of people with cameras taking photos

6. Medium shot of group standing in front of dome

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Angelo Vermeulen, HI-SEAS Researcher: "Based on this study we'll be able to offer a strategy that optimizes everything and is a good balance between, on the one hand, not wasting too much time preparing your food and wasting too many resources but on the other hand, keeping your crew fit and healthy."

8. Medium shot of researchers serving themselves food outside the dome

9. Tight of food in metal trays

10. Medium shot of researchers putting food on paper plates

11. Various shots of researchers sitting at plastic tables eating food

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Sian Proctor, HI-SEAS Researcher: ""You definitely need the ability to express yourself, take away some of that boredom and menu fatigue, but you also want some of the efficiency that comes along with those days that you are really busy and you just want to make something quick."

13. View of outside landscape as seen from inside the dome

14. Medium of researchers standing around the kitchen area inside the dome

15. Tight shot of food prepared inside of the dome

16. SOUNDBITE (English) Kimberly Binsted, HI-SEAS Principal Investigator: ""Crew cohesion, that very question, how to keep astronauts sane and happy and productive on a long-duration mission is a real risk and we are going to go a long way toward solving that."

17. Wide shot of researchers standing around talking inside the dome

18. Wide shot of researcher sitting on bed reading

19. Medium shot of researcher reading

20. Medium shot of photos on the wall

21. Wide shot looking down on researchers in the dome


Researchers who have spent nearly four months simulating what it's like to live on Mars have emerged from their experiment on a barren Hawaii lava field.

The NASA-funded study is researching what foods astronauts might eat during a mission to Mars.

The researchers left their simulated Martian base Tuesday for the first time without the mock space suits their experiment required whenever they ventured out of the dome on the northern slope of the Big Island's Mauna Loa.

The University of Hawaii and Cornell University selected six people of various scientific backgrounds to cook meals from a list of dehydrated and shelf-stable ingredients that are not perishable.

Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation Investigator Kim Binsted hopes to present findings at the International Astronautical Congress this year.