Selene IV crewmembers explore a lava cave near the HI-SEAS habitat for habitability and astrobiology research. (Image credit: Courtesy of Cameron Crowell)

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 Selene IV lunar mission and contributed this report to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Commander’s report for the Selene IV moon mission at HI-SEAS