Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Scientists Begin 520 Day Mars Mission Simulation

Scientists Begin 520 Day Mars Mission Simulation
June 8, 2010 by Michael Hickerson || Category: Space News

"While human beings may not be headed to the Red Planet any time soon, a group of scientists last week began a simulation of journeying to our planetary neighbor.

An international team of researchers began a 520 day simulation of a flight to Mars that will keep them locked in a cascade of windowless modules for the amount of time it would take to travel to the Red Planet.

While the experiment will not involve weightlessness, the six-member, all-male crew of three Russians, a Frenchman, an Italian-Colombian and a Chinese will face conditions aimed to simulate stress, claustrophobia and fatigue that real astronauts would face during interplanetary travel.

This sounds like it would be very interesting to try. I think I could make it 520 days if I were alone*, but with five others? It would depend on how annoying their idiosyncrasies would get.

* As long as I could communicate with Mission Control a couple of times a week and had access Twitter & Facebook, that is.
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