520-day flight simulation nears “landing” on Mars

Fascinating.  I had NO idea such a thing was being undertaken.

via NSTA Newsfeed

MOSCOW – After 233 days in a locked steel capsule, six researchers on a 520-day mock flight to Mars are all feeling strong and ready to “land” on the Red Planet, the mission director said Friday.

The all-male crew of three Russians, a Chinese, a Frenchman and an Italian-Colombian has been inside windowless capsules at a Moscow research center since June. Their mission aims to help real space crews in the future cope with the confinement and stress of interplanetary travel.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110121/ap_on_sc/eu_russia_mission_to_mars

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