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Mock Mars explorers plan simulated mission

April 1, 2010 | Comment icon 28 comments



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Six volunteers will soon be spending over a year in a simulated Mars spaceship as part of an experiment.
The 520-day mission will simulate a trip to Mars in order to help develop and test technologies needed to keep astronauts alive on a real trip to the Red Planet. The experiment is being conducted by Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems.
Six volunteers will soon lock themselves inside an experimental mock spaceship in Russia for more than a year to see what it's like to be the first astronauts to visit Mars — without actually leaving planet Earth.


Source: MSNBC | Comments (28)


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Comment icon #19 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
Mars500 video diary 2 17 June 2010Romain Charles completes the tour In part 2 of the Mars500 video diary Romain Charles shows us around the control room, the medical facility where the crew do experiments, and where they sleep and eat. Catch a glimpse of his Russian crewmates preparing lunch - see what's for dinner and what's growing in the greenhouse.Source: ESA Channel - YouTube
Comment icon #20 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
Mars500 video diary 3 - a dirty job but someone's gotta do it! 30 June 2010One of the less glamorous daily activities of the Mars500 crew - collecting and storing the daily samples of urine for their medical checks.Source: ESA Channel - YouTube
Comment icon #21 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
Mars500 video diary 4 - it's housecleaning day! 30 June 2010In one aspect the life of the Mars500 crew is just like home: they have to clean the microwave, scrub the toilet, mop the floors, sponge the walls and vacuum around. In this latest video diary Diego shows the crew hard at work keeping their home from home tidy - doesn't look so 'interplanetary'.Source: ESA Channel - YouTube
Comment icon #22 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
Mars500 video diary 5 - Romain Charles is collecting air samples 08 August 2010One of the European Space Agency experiments involves the collection of air samples to measure the quality of air in a confined space such as the Mars500 modules. Romain Charles demonstrates the collection procedure and describes the scope of this experiment.Source: ESA Channel - YouTube
Comment icon #23 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
Mars500 video diary 6 - How supplies are rationed 03 September 2010A vital aspect for ensuring the survival of an astronaut crew during their mission to Mars, is the extent to which their supplies such as food and other expendable are rationed. Romain is demonstrating in this video how the Mars500 crew ration their supplies.Source: ESA Channel - YouTube
Comment icon #24 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
More than 105 days for Mars 500 15 September 2010This 15 September is the 105th day for the "Mars 500" crew, meaning they have now passed as much time in isolation than the previous experience conducted last year to prepare for this simulation of a journey to Mars.Since 3 June a crew of six, including two Europeans, is inside a spacecraft mockup at the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow.This experiment is planned to last 520 days, as long as a real trip to the red planet.Source: ESA Channel - YouTube
Comment icon #25 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
Mars500 video diary 7 12 October 2010The Mars500 crew has more than 450 days to go and three times as many main meals to prepare. The food is almost the same all the time and they have to eat everything. Sometimes the mission control also sends special orders. But there is still room for innovation: Diego also has a special way to make smoothies using a very expensive machine.Source: ESA Channel - YouTube
Comment icon #26 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
The barber shop on the way to Mars - Mars500 video diary 8 03 November 2010Need a haircut? Call Diego's barber shop! Romain is the first victim of Diego's astronaut-style cut using a vacuum cleaner. Yes - grooming is important, also when flying to Mars!Source: ESA Channel - YouTube
Comment icon #27 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
Mars500 video diary 9: Science and experiments 16 December 2010In this latest video from Mars500, Diego and Romain show some scientific experiments the crew is working with. The daily routine in the isolation includes not only joking and counting the days passing, but also plenty of serious work with science and maintenance of the facility.Despite the monotonous life, the spirit is still high - as this video shows!Source: ESA Channel - YouTube
Comment icon #28 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
Mars500 video diary 10: Emergency 12 January 2011The Mars500 crew handle their first emergency on their simulated journey to Mars - 20 hours without water, electricity and ventilation.Source: ESA Channel - YouTube


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