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Published November 06, 2013, 07:46 PM

UND's lunar habitat study is complete

The University of North Dakota's lunar study is complete. After 10 days, the three student-astronauts have exited the habitat. The crew left the habitat Wednesday afternoon and went straight into a news conference to talk about their experience living in isolation.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

The University of North Dakota's lunar study is complete. After 10 days, the three student-astronauts have exited the habitat. The crew left the habitat Wednesday afternoon and went straight into a news conference to talk about their experience living in isolation.

We spoke with all three student-astronauts about what it was like leaving the habitat after ten days and all three of them said it was great to feel some fresh air.

During their time inside the habitat, the crew tested the compatibility of the lunar suits, the rover, and the habitats interior systems. They conducted moon walks, collected samples, and even performed staged emergencies -- like the power going out. While the interior of the habitat is designed to make the student-astronauts feel at home -- some of them felt that living in isolation was the hardest part of the study.

Microbial samples collected will be sent to the Jet Propulsion laboratory in California to study the before and after affects of germ build up on the floor of the habitat -- which will be later translated into an International Space Station Study.

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