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A salt cellar in the shape of an astronaut is photographed inside the dome where six researchers spent eight months in confinement for a NASA-financed mission called HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) the crater of the volcano Mauna Loa, Hawaii, Big Island. The purpose of the 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. June 14, 2015 ©GAIA SQUARCI