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What NASA research subjects missed while in a Mars-like habitat

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After eight months of isolation in a simulated space home atop a remote Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from their Mars-like habitat on Sunday and return to civilization. (Sept. 15)
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Six NASA research subjects will emerge Sunday from a period of eight months of isolation, part of a plan to study the psychological impact of sending astronauts on long-term missions.

And, goodness, a lot has happened while they’ve been in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano.

After eight months of isolation in the simulated space dome atop the remote Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed space psychology research subjects will emerge from their Mars-like habitat and return to civilization. (Photo: University of Hawaii via AP)

The subjects were able to communicate with the outside world, but on a 20-minute delay. That said, the last eight months have definitely been eventful. Here’s some of what they’ve missed since January.

1. President Trump was inaugurated

The U.S. swore in the 45th president of the United States. It has been a roller-coaster ride ever since. 

2. The Patriots won the Super Bowl.

Let’s hope none of the research subjects were fans of the Atlanta Falcons. 

3. The biggest Oscars error ever.

“Sorry, guys, hold on. There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture. This is not a joke.”

4. The fall of Uber.

It started with the ride-hailing company getting slammed for attempting to undercut taxi drivers protesting an immigration ban from Trump. Since then, their CEO was replaced and internal culture questioned. 

5.  Beyoncé had twins.

In February, Queen Bey revealed on Instagram she was expecting twins, and nearly broke the Internet in the process. Five months later, she introduced Sir Carter and Rumi to the world. Yes, this really did all happen within eight months.

6. The Game of Thrones finale.

Thank goodness for services like HBO Now, as well as DVRs. They might want to get caught up before Season 8.

7. The solar eclipse.

Could they see it from their volcano? We don’t know. In any case, the eclipse moving through North America was spectacular. Only 7 years for the next one.

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The 2017 solar eclipse’s first moments were captured in Newport, Oregon.
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8. The Olympics are coming back to the U.S.

Great news if you love the Games. If you suffer through Los Angeles traffic, you might want to enter isolation by the time 2028 rolls around.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

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