Laura Lark, Crew Member of the HI-SEAS mission on Mauna Loa volcano, funded by NASA and run by the University of Hawaii. HI-SEAS, which recently ended after 8 months, was "designed to study human behavior and performance, helping NASA determine the individual and team requirements for long-duration space exploration missions—including travel to Mars."
"It's critically important for humans to venture beyond Earth orbit, and I hope that a journey to Mars will be one of many, many steps that humans take beyond our home planet."
"With the ISS and the prospect of other long duration missions, the skills and traits needed to go to space are definitely changing. My technical background has already been useful in stabilizing our communications systems with Mission Support, but the other skills I picked up as a member of teams at Google and before may prove equally useful: how to troubleshoot, creative problem-solving, how to work with a large team (especially one dispersed geographically) to accomplish something very complex.”
"I hope to see more cooperation. Space exploration is, and will continue to be, a massively collaborative international effort. When humans go to Mars, there's not going to be just one flag on the rocket. We all live on the same planet and we need to start acting like it if we ever want to change that fact."
Motherboard, Photo via University of Hawai’i News