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Is NASA heading to Mars by way of Groton?

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GROTON  — As NASA contemplates a manned voyage to Mars and the effects that missions deeper into space could have on astronauts, it’s tapping research from another outfit with experience sending people to the deep: the U.S. Navy submarine force.

The space agency is working with a military laboratory at the submarine base in Groton, Connecticut, to measure how teams cope with stress during month-long simulations of space flight.

The Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory began its research on team resilience because the submarine force was looking for ways to make tactical teams work better together.

The experiment with NASA is expected to begin in January or February. Recordings of volunteers staying inside a capsule at the Johnson Space Center will be sent to the scientists in Connecticut for their analysis.