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Lava tubes in Hawaii could be a dress rehearsal for Martian colonies

When humans build their first bases and habitats on other worlds, they face dangers and challenges unlike those faced by astronauts who lived before them. To prepare for such tests, scientists descend deep underground into lava tubes in Hawaii that mimic conditions in rocky alien worlds.

There, mission crew members navigate rugged volcanic terrain and withstand the physical constraints associated with conducting research in hostile environments. Wearing bulky suits like those needed to research aliens, scientists study the geology and organisms found in lava tunnels and caves in Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Islands. volcano

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