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Old July 29 2009, 04:16 PM   #47
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simulated mission to Mars 105-day test ends

the European Space Agency has partnered with the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems in Moscow to arrange a 105-day simulated mission to Mars. The experiment took place in a multi-floored facility in Moscow that includes a mock spacecraft, a descent vehicle, and a simulation of the Martian surface.

A group of volunteers that spent 105 days locked up in a mock spaceship simulating a trip to Mars is finishing up their final tests this week. The programme, which was used to test the psychological and physiological effects of isolation, will pave the way for a longer 520-day mission that will take place in the first half of 2010.
28 July 2009

Hey at least they are testing this. NASA hasn't quite got there.

The annual 4-month tests at the desert station simulates the actual Martian surface itself. Photo:
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