Men From Mars

Posted By Ben Goulding, 15 July, 2009 | permalink

Three months ago, six European volunteered entered a space capsule in Moscow that simulated a journey to Mars.

The “isolation experiment” was meant to test how the human body and mind would cope with the limited communication from Earth. The volunteers, four Russians, a German and a Frenchman emerged yesterday with smiles on their faces and looked in good health after the 105 day exercise finished.

Mars Simulator. Image: Mikhail Metzel/AP

The capsule never left the ground, however with no windows and cramped conditions, it was designed to make the team feel as isolated as they would be on a real trip to Mars.

Next year anther group of volunteers will enter the same capsule, but this time it will be for 520 days! Rather them than me!

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