The new studies will test a hypothesis that "group cohesion over the short term predicts team performance over the long term", "observe how technical, social and task roles evolve over long-duration missions", and "establish baselines for a wide range of human cognitive, social, and emotional factors over missions of varying durations."
The missions will be conducted at the Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) site, a Mars-like environment on the slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island.
Candidates do not need any special education to participate but must meet a few basic requirements, be able to pass a Class 2 flight physical examination, and be able to commit to the time needed for the study.
Mission A will take place Feb 2014 - June 2014, Mission B will be held Aug 2014 - Apr 2015, and Mission C will last from June 2015 to May 2016.
To apply, visit http://hi-seas.org/ by Nov. 1.