This is a massive week for people who love space exploration. A new NASA rover will land on Mars tomorrow and the European Space Agency just announced it is looking for new astronauts

Fans of Home School Hub, and especially Space Hub know one person who would really love to travel to space - Dr Niamh Shaw.

Right now she is at the International Space University  planning her next small step/giant leap. Niamh wants to go to the Hi-SEAS habitat in Hawaii where potential astronauts train in an environment that looks and feels like Mars itself.

The HI-SEAS (Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) is a habitat on an isolated Mars-like site on the Mauna Loa side of the saddle area on the Big Island of Hawaii at approximately 8,200 feet above sea level.

Thanks to Niamh we are going to meet the Director of Hi-SEAS Dr Michaela Musilova who will also go on a little tour of the facility. Check it out at the top of the article!

Niamh was on Morning Ireland explaining why she would love to be an astronaut. You can listen here!

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There is massive excitement as the NASA Perseverance  Rover is due to land on Mars tomorrow!

Niamh told us all about it, and some of the other missions recently on Space Hub.

Find out more here!

And you can look back on another Space Hub where Niamh tells us more about the Red Planet HERE

Of course don't forget that the rover landing can be viewed live thanks to NASA!

NASA LIVE YouTube listings