While long-distance space travel in science fiction usually never ends well, a new Mars simulation is out to prove that humans can withstand each other during the isolation of long distance space flight. Just how long will this simulated journey take? 520 days.
This May, six crew members will voluntarily seal themselves into four, interconnected windowless tubes in order to find out what will really happen when humans attempt the long flight to Mars. The simulation is the final part of the Mars500 experiment, based out of Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA). Last year the IBMP successfully sealed six male crew members into its isolation facility for 105 days, but the Mars500 test will last five times as long, simulating the full 250 days it takes to get to Mars, 30 days on the Red Planet, and 240 days to get back home. The crew will consist of individuals from Russia, Europe, and China.
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