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Space suits are photographed inside the dome on volcano Mauna Loa, where six researchers have been living for eight months in isolation for the NASA human performance study Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. During the months of isolation the researchers can leave the dome only for brief excursions, wearing the spacesuits with a helmet and oxygen supply. The purpose of the HI-SEAS mission is to monitor the psychological response of human beings in condition of isolation in an unearthly environment, in perspective of the launch of scientific trips to Mars involving the presence of human beings of the planet. Hawaii, Big Island. June 14, 2015. ©GAIA SQUARCI