I get a lot of questions about space from my five-year old, many of which I’m not equipped to properly answer. He has high standards when it comes to explanations. The Habitat, a new podcast from Gimlet, has helped me formulate some more convincing answers. It’s also a fascinating experiment.
On a remote mountain in Hawaii, there’s a fake planet Mars. Six volunteers are secluded in an imitation Mars habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for one very real year.
The goal: to help NASA understand what life might be like on the red planet—and plan for the day when the dress rehearsals are over, and we blast off for real.
Host Lynn Levy has been chronicling this experiment from the moment the crew set foot in their habitat, communicating with them through audio diaries that detail their discoveries, their frustrations, and their evolving and devolving relationships with each other.
There are seven episodes at around 30 minutes each.