Ansley Barnard, Engineer and participant in HI-SEAS. For more on the program, see yesterday’s post.
"When I was 14 years old, I decided that I wanted to be an astronaut – even if the odds of being selected were small, it was a goal I wanted to work toward. Since graduating, I’ve hoped to participate in a simulation mission to test my skills and learn more about the role of an astronaut. I’m also interested in sustainable living and reducing my impact on the world, and there’s a lot we can learn from space analogs about allocating limited resources. I was drawn to HI-SEAS because of the long duration and the scope of the isolation. My crew is acutely aware of being alone here on the slopes of Mauna Loa."