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A view of Honolulu, Hawaii is seen from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo

London- After an eight-month isolation on a remote dome in Hawaii, six scientists finished a study into how humans would cope living in a Mars-like environment.

The study mainly aimed at understanding the human behavior during the long spatial missions like traveling to Mars.

The participants were made to perform tasks and play games to test stress levels and emotional well-being, and kept logs about their feelings.

The isolation had started on January 19 near the largest active volcano in the world, which is characterized with a Mars-like geographical surface.

After eight months eating freeze-dried and canned food, they exited the experiment on Sunday to feast on fresh tropical fruits, and vegetables. They had to travel in spacesuits and teams outside the dome.

They were quarantined, with communications to the research team at the University of Hawaii on a 20-minute delay, the time it takes for signals to get from Mars to Earth.

The mission was the fifth in a series of six experiments at the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) which received $2.5m funding from NASA.