The first edition of the EMMIHS campaigns happened from February 20 until March 6 2019.
The six-person crew, who entered the Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS, habitat on February 20, 2019 included Michaela Musilova (chief investigator, HI-SEAS), Annelotte Weert (Dutch geologist, master's student at VU Amsterdam/ILEWG), Benjamin Pothier (French explorer/anthropology researcher, Plymouth University, Explorers Club member and journalist), Josh Burstein (American journalist, host of Last Glimpse) Nityaporn Sirikan (Thai/British/Italian systems engineer at ESA/ILEWG), and Sebastian Mulder (Dutch geochemist, master's student at VU Amsterdam/ILEWG).
What did they do?
The crew came from all over the world and was able to complete all their mission targets. These included geological mapping of the Mauna Loa area for fresh pahoehoe lava flows and lava tubes by geology students Annelotte Weert and Sebastian Mulder. The study of the lava flows can help understand how weathering processes affect this kind of geological material on Earth and what they would be like on other planetary bodies.
Lava tubes could also be potentially
used as shelters to build habitats on the Moon. The students
used drone footage, imagery and 3D mapping to complement
their research. Crew engineer and ESA systems engineer
Nityaporn Sirikan completed work on enhancing the spacesuits
and other technologies used at HI-SEAS.
The mission control centre for the mission is based at the Blue Planet Research laboratory on Hawaiʻi Island that is owned by IMA founder Henk Rogers.
In addition to EMMIHS-II happening in December 2019, two upcoming missions are scheduled to take place in early 2020.
The third edition of EMMIHS campaign is scheduled to happen from January 18 to February 1, 2020, and will be executed on the same format as the previous missions.
The fourth edition of the campaign will happen immediately after EMMIHS-III, starting from February 1 until February 15, 2020.
If you'd like to be part of the EMMIHS campaigns as an analogue astronaut, remote support or as an official sponsor, please contact our organizers.