520-Day Simulated Mars Mission Ends

Six-man crew set to emerge from isolation

Nov 3, 2011
Outside Magazine

A crew of volunteers will emerge from an isolation chamber in Moscow on Friday after spending 520 days on a simulated mission to Mars. The six-person volunteer crew of the Mars 500 project, which included an international team of engineers, doctors, and an astronaut trainer. The men performed maintenence jobs and faux-experiments, and faced increasing communication delays as the mission wore on. The European Space Agency funded the project at a cost of $15 millon. It was designed to test how astronauts might cope on an interplanetary voyage.

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