Crewmembers collected videos and questionnaires that helped characterize the habitability in ground-based analog environments using the iPad-based Space Habitability Observation Reporting Tool (iSHORT). These naturalistic techniques provided crewmembers with the opportunity to self-report habitability and human factors observations near real-time, which is not systematically done during current ISS missions. Automated tracking of person location enabled researchers to study traffic patterns within the environment.
Data was collected from the iSHORT on the first mission during HERA Campaign 1. During HERA Campaigns 2 and 3 and NEEMO 18 the iShort was used an operational tool only. No statistical analyses was performed.
All of the participants successfully captured and provided commentary on the desired habitat areas using walk-through and task-based videos. Throughout all seven mission days, the participants’ observations provided excellent comments and suggestions regarding the habitability of the HERA and effectively utilized all of the iSHORT methods of making the observations (i.e., text, video, audio, and photo).