Six Volunteers Embark on a 105-day Simulated Mars trip

Posted: 31st March 2009 by Simo Häyhä in Lifestyle, Politics

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Six European men embarked on a 105-day simulated trip to Mars at a Russian space institute on Tuesday to test how humans would cope with the long isolation. The volunteer crew of four Russians, one German and a Frenchman smiled and waved to cameras before sealing themselves in the maze of cramped compartments in an imitation spaceship.

A padlock was clamped on the giant metal hatch of the warren, the focus of a project which space officials said was a small step toward eventually sending people to Mars. “I believe this team should have no psychological problems,” Russian crew commander Sergei Ryazansky told a news conference at Moscow’s Institute of Medical and Biological Problems.

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