Mars500 Mission

Posted: June 3, 2010 in ESA, European Space Agency, Manned Space, Mars, Mars500, Terrastronauts

Humble Pie sang of 30 days in the hole.  Six ‘terrastronauts’ (I made that up in case you like it) are looking at 500 days of lock-up in a Moscow-based simulated spacecraft. The purpose is to serve as a sort of pathfinder-effort culminating in a manned mission to Mars.  It’s all sponsored by the European Space Agency.

The simulation is needed to examine the human needs for what would be a 520 day mission to Mars–250 there, explore for a month, and 230 for the trip home.  Coming back, we’re looking at space tail-winds, eh?

When might such a Mars mission actually occur?  I’m not really sure, but if you’re reading this, you’ll almost certainly be dead.  Does that sound harsh? Sorry.

The six will remain in lockup until November 2011 unless some sort of sci-fi type event occurs.


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