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.