A ten-day lunar habitat experiment is underway at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
Throughout the next week-and-a-half three University of North Dakota students will live in a lunar habitat, working with and testing a variety of space equipment.
The trial is part of the university's NASA-funded NDX planetary exploration system. It has been designing, planning and building the system which includes an inflatable habitat, rover and space suits.
It is scientific work that benefits both the international space community and those living in Grand Forks.
And while the students are thrilled to be working on research that is critical for future missions in space, they are excited for another reason as well - one that everyone can relate to: pretend being an astronaut for a few days.