Avoiding digestive problems is part of daily activities on the moon for the Sensoria M3 crew — Commander’s Report: Lunar Day 6

A Sensoria M3 crewmember above HI-SEAS habitat during moonwalk. (Image credit: Courtesy of James Ward)

Dr. Michaela Musilova is the director of Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program, which conducts analog missions to the moon and Mars for scientific research at a habitat on the volcano Mauna Loa. Currently, she is in command of the two-week Sensoria M3 mission and contributed this report to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Commander’s Report for the Sensoria M3 Mission at HI-SEAS
Lunar Mission Day 6 (Dec. 9, 2020)

The Sensoria M3 crew plays “fiber pong.” (Image credit: Courtesy of James Ward)

I was surprised when the Selene II crew started their tradition of 100 pushups and situps. It was not an evening activity that I expected the crew to desire doing. The SENSORIA M3 surprised me further with a new game: fiber-pong. It is essentially a lunar version of beer pong. Every night, our dining room table is quickly transformed into a ping-pong table of sorts. We don’t have any alcohol on our analog moon mission, so beer has been replaced with dietary fiber. Also, we don’t want to waste our precious water, so we use random objects from socks to Lego pieces to fill the bottoms of the cups we use in the game to stabilize them. 

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