a 520-day simulation is in the works. The ESA, in a joint effort with the Russian Academy of Science's Institute for Medical-Biological Problems, is also planning a 100-day lock-in, offering astronauts who survive the experience a reality show-eque incentive of $20,000 each.
perhaps this is the golden opportunity for some enterprising reality TV exec: finding a way to break up the monotony of space travel without sabotaging the mission, and somehow keeping audiences coming back week after week.
Aug 4 2009
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Apparently a television series just may follow this...
simulated mission to Mars 105-day test ends
[will pave the way for a longer 520-day mission that will take place in the first half of 2010. ]