Space is hard on humans – it's just not what it's used for. This is how researchers do it in a spacecraft for 45 days living and working in space
In fact, the crew, which consists of Barret Flailmilk, Christian Clark, Ana Mosquera, and Julie Mason, does not even want to leave the confines of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston , But that's the point – confined living and working space, for a simulated mission to Phoibos, one of Mars' two moons. The experiment is what NASA calls a "Human Exploration Research Analog," which is a contrived acronym that nets you HERA, the greek goddess of family, and basically a simulated crewed spacecraft mission.
To be clear, the 'crew' astronauts, they are volunteers who "micic or emulate the type of people that [NASA] select for astronauts," according to Human Research Program's Flight Analogs Project Manager Lisa Spence in a statement. And these astronaut analogues will be monitored during the simulated spacecraft mission, with observers specifically looking to check out the impact.
[…] all this is crucial work.
All this is crucial work 2044. The human component is just as important as the technical aspects, which are thus making progress.