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Surfing in the Clouds with @hisarahlee

For more of Sarah Lee’s atmospheric shots underwater and above, follow @hisarahlee.

“Duck diving”—the act of riding waves beneath the surf—has found a home in the incredible, ethereal photos by Hawai’i Instagrammer Sarah Lee (@hisarahlee). “One day I was out body-surfing and I saw the way the waves broke like this cool cloud in the sky, but underwater,” she says. “I thought, ‘the closest thing to flying could be diving under the waves.’”

Most of Sarah’s photos feature other female aquatic athletes, who are also her close friends. In part, she sees her subjects as extensions of herself. Growing up in Hawai’i, Sarah spent almost every moment in the water.

“The ocean is a force of nature you cannot control. That’s what I’ve enjoyed most about it,” she says. “The shot is always different.”

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Simulating Life on Mars on a Hawaiian Volcano with @casey_stedman and @spincrisis

To see more daily life on sMars in Hawaii, follow @casey_stedman and @spincrisis on Instagram, and browse the #HISEAS hashtag.

Forty-five years after first setting foot on the Moon, humanity has set its eyes on Mars. In Hawaii, a team of “sMartians” (simulated Martians) is already practicing for life on a distant planet.

US Air Force Major Casey Stedman (@casey_stedman) is the Mission Commander for HISEAS (Hawaii-Space Exploration and Analog Simulation), an isolated “habitat module” on the volcanic island. “I haven’t seen a tree, smelled the rain, heard a bird, or felt wind on my skin in four months,” he says, describing life on the site chosen for its similarity to Mars.

"You don’t really think about the tactical feedback you get from biting into crisp lettuce and a juicy hamburger, but that’s the one thing that’s lacking here," says Chief Technologist Ross Lockwood (@spincrisis), describing “sMartian” cuisine, which is packed for months of storage. “We’ve basically been subsisting on mush. Flavorful mush, but mush nonetheless. That’s actually one of my favorite parts of Instagram during the mission: all those pictures of food are helping me get through.”