Tiffany Swarmer
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In the last stretch of the HI-SEAS Mission

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 4:22pm 0 Comments


Well time has once again escaped me and the rest of the HI-SEAS crew as we find ourselves with 19 days left inside our simulated Martian home. As we begin to wrap up all of our projects, papers, and final outreach activities the crew has achieved a state jovial exhaustion coupled with some mild panic at the growing to do lists.

Even with our long days and short nights the crew has still been finding time to explore the local terrain and this morning performed a…


A Moment for Celebration and Clarity

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 9:00am 2 Comments

Upon waking my first thought was of home. Right now at home I would be waking up to the insistent, but loving cold nose of my half husky puppy informing me that it is time for a long jog. I would grab my running shoes, my pup’s leash, and some dried fruit as I head out the door for a nice long sunrise run. Like normal I would watch the sun coming up over the tree tops of my favorite park, feel the cool breeze mixing with the heat of the first rays of sunlight, and know that sense of…


The Art of Preparing for an Analog EVA (HI-SEAS)

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 6:38am 0 Comments

The air pumping into the helmet is cool and refreshing, with just a tinge of plastic smell, my torso is cool thanks to cool water running through the tubing in a garment known as a liquid cooling garment. Entering into our airlock I seal the main habitat off from the Airlock by connecting the Velcro on one layer and zipping shut the second.  Turning I can see my EVA companions one, like me, in a fifty pound University…


Week 2 understanding your limits

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 6:38pm 0 Comments

A Brief Look at how Analog Space Suits Help to Develop Future of Planetary Extra Vehicular Activities

The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) study currently being conducted on the slopes of Mauna Loa focuses on human factors and group cohesion. Both of these focuses are vitally important for Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs) and for future planetary exploration; providing constraints that could make or break a mission. The Apollo missions broadened humanities…


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At 2:34pm on July 3, 2020, Greg Bowen said…

interesting work you are doing Tiffany!

Do you see an upward hourly limit to how long you could personally work in the suit before it becomes too uncomfortable? What about a daily, or weekly limit. I would think that a trip to mars would mean doing weeks of research. I am curious about the comfort level. 



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