To Mars, via Hawaii

October 25, 2014 6:46 PM

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To Mars, via Hawaii

On the way to Mars, Neil Scheibelhut stopped by Wal-Mart for mouthwash and dental floss. “We’re picking up some last-minute things,” he said via cellphone from the store.

Scheibelhut is not actually an astronaut leaving Earth. But three hours later, he and five other people stepped into a dome-shaped building on a Hawaiian volcano where they will live for the next eight months, mimicking a stay on the surface of Mars.

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