The Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog, or CHAPEA, is a sequence of three one-year Mars surface mission simulations at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. Each will have a crew of four individuals isolated together in Mars Dune Alpha, the 3D-printed habitat designed by BIG. Crew tasks may include participation in scientific research, use of virtual reality and robotic controls, and time delays in communication. Results from ground-based missions like this help NASA prepare for the real-life challenges of space exploration and provide important scientific data to validate systems and to develop countermeasures. NASA has begun its recruitment and applications to participate as crew are being accepted through mid-September 2021 for the one-year analog mission that starts in Fall 2022.
“This is the highest-fidelity simulated habitat ever constructed by humans. Mars Dune Alpha is intended to serve a very specific purpose--to prepare humans to live on another planet for a long, long time. We wanted to develop the most faithful analog possible to aid in humanity's mission to expand into the stars.”Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO, ICON
“The data gained from this habitat research will directly inform NASA’s standards for long-duration exploration missions, and as such will potentially lay the foundation for a new Martian vernacular. Mars Dune Alpha will take us one step closer to becoming a multiplanetary species.”Bjarke Ingles, Founder and Creative Director, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
1,700 square foot Mars habitat designed by Renowned Architecture Firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.