This crowdfunded documentary aims to chronicle a year in a simulated Mars mission

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Aug 29, 2016

Six faux astronauts have spent the past year living in a dome on a remote volcano in Hawaii, simulating the closest thing possible to actually spending a year camped out on Mars. A documentary crew is looking to tell the story of their tenure in “space,” but they need a bit of help to get over the hump.

The documentary film Red Heaven aims to tell the saga of the latest HI-SEAS simulated Mars mission, which locked six people in a dome and put them through the typical trials and tribulations you might expect living on the Red Planet. From mock disasters to communications delays and spacesuit outings, the mission is the closest thing we’ll get for a while to following astronauts around on Mars (no offense, Mars One).

The mission came to an end on Sunday, and now the video team is looking to raise $40,000 to follow the crew members as they return to their old lives on “Earth,” and also round out the editing team to pore through all the footage and turn it into a cohesive film. It’s a cool idea, and since NASA is partially funding these studies and using the findings to hone its eventual Mars plan, it could offer a rare peek behind the curtain.

Check out the trailer for the film below, and head over to the Kickstarter campaign to contribute.

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