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Six simulation astronauts (prime crewmembers) will be selected, along with two alternatives (research support specialists).

All eight people will receive room and board, meals, and tickets to and from a preliminary training workshop at Ithaca, New York and to the study facility on the Big Island of Hawaii, and a cash bonus at the end of the completed study.

A total of $5,000 will be given to each applicant -- (excluding room and board, meals, and other such expenses)

Go to 'Apply now for the Cornell/University of Hawaii Mars Analogue Mission and Food Study!' to apply to become a NASA simulation astronaut.

The website states, 'We are seeking participants for a 120 day Mars exploration analogue mission (Hawaii Space Exploration Analogue & Simulation, or HI-SEAS), to take place in early 2013 on the Big Island of Hawaii. DEADLINE: FEB 29 2012.'

Actually, the deadline is: 11:59 p.m. Hawaii time on February 29th, 2012, so you don't have much time left to apply.

The website also cautions: 'A participant choosing to leave the study during a mission will forfeit any completion bonuses and will become responsible for any fees associated with changes in his or her travel plans. A participant dropped from the study for medical or psychological reasons will be paid a prorated completion bonus and will be reimbursed for fees associated with changes in his or her travel plans.'


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William Atkins

William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University

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