ESA Mars 500 Mission
Preparing for a long-duration human mission to Mars
Starting in spring next year, a crew of six will be sent on a 500 day simulated mission to Mars.
During the simulated Mars mission, known as Mars500, the crew will remain in a special isolation facility in Russia. To investigate the psychological and medical aspects of a long-duration mission, such as to Mars, ESA is looking for experiment proposals for research to be carried out during their stay.
Locked in the facility in Moscow, the crew will be put through all kinds of scenarios as if they really were travelling to the Red Planet – including a launch, an outward journey of up to 250 days, arrival at Mars and, after an excursion to the surface, they will face the long journey home.
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