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Old June 3 2010, 05:57 PM   #51
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Mars500 project begins

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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 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

3 June 2010
And now the 520-day project begins for 6 astronauts.

Six would-be cosmonauts have entered a sealed facility where they will spend 18 months with no windows and only e-mail contact with the outside world.
"They will have to cope with limited consumables, for example," said Dr Martin Zell from the European Space Agency, a key partner in the project.
"That means everything will be onboard at the start. There will be no re-load, re-supply whatsoever. It will be like a real mission."
About half-way through the mission, three of the crew will have to "land" on this "surface" and walk about on it while dressed in heavy space suits.
The craft is based at Moscow's Institute of Biomedical Problems and comprises a series of interconnected steel canisters. The total interior volume is about 550 cubic metres.
Volunteers begin Mars500 isolation

At the link is a description of the modules, layout diagram of the 5 modules as well as photos of the space suits and videos.
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