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Habitability Ground and Analog Testing (Habitability_Testing)
Principal Investigator
Research Area:
Human factors
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

This study served as a precursor for a related study that is taking place on the International Space Station (ISS). The purpose of this investigation was to allow for ground-based analog testing of tools and methods intended for use in subsequent inflight studies using NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) facility and NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO).

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.

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Data Information
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Habitable volume
Real-time observations
Traffic patterns

Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
HERA Campaign 1 02/27/2014 09/11/2014 Four 7-day missions
HERA Campaign 2 01/30/2015 08/27/2015 Four 14-day missions
HERA Campaign 3 01/26/2016 10/19/2016 Four 30-day missions
NEEMO 18 07/21/2014 07/29/2014 9 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Jessica Keune
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Proposal Date
Proposal Source
Directed Research