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Astronauts are getting ready to touch down on Mars. Virtually, that is. The first full-length Mars mission simulation reached the red planet, and three of the participants are preparing to land. The Telegraph explains the mission so far. (Video source: European Space Agency)

 

“The six men, who are in reality paid volunteers, have spent the last eight months simulating a flight to Mars complete with mock emergencies, scientific experiments, space food, delayed communications, and no natural light.”

 

The experiment will teach scientists about the physical and mental wear and tear astronauts would suffer on a real Mars mission. It will also help them decide the best food, exercise, and daily routines to help astronauts keep it together. (Video source: European Space Agency)

 

So far, the crew members have been kept in their cramped spaceship for over 240 days, but now, the most action-packed part of the trip is about to start: a visit to a simulated Martian surface. BBC explains the plan.

 

“The trio will put on the type of spacesuit worn by real cosmonauts and simulate the sort of geological investigations future astronauts might pursue on the Red Planet one day... A robot rover will assist the Mars walkers, and their activity will be overseen by Mission Control Moscow...”

 

After visiting the surface, the crew will begin the return trip scheduled to end in November. A writer at Kotaku praises the mission, and pokes a little fun at the rumor mill in the process.

 

“It's not a perfect simulation, of course. There are no deadly alien robots, cosmic radiation won't transform them into superheroes... Still, the simulation is an important part of the process... And heck, isn't it nice to have a major milestone in space exploration that everyone can agree is fake?”

 

So, think you could handle an experiment like this? Would it change your mind to know the men can only shower once every 10 days? Give us your Mars credentials in our comments section.

 

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Simulated Mars Mission 'Arrives' at the Red Planet

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Simulated Mars Mission 'Arrives' at the Red Planet

(Image source: European Space Agency)

 

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN

 

You're watching multisource science news analysis from Newsy

 

Astronauts are getting ready to touch down on Mars. Virtually, that is. The first full-length Mars mission simulation reached the red planet, and three of the participants are preparing to land. The Telegraph explains the mission so far. (Video source: European Space Agency)

 

“The six men, who are in reality paid volunteers, have spent the last eight months simulating a flight to Mars complete with mock emergencies, scientific experiments, space food, delayed communications, and no natural light.”

 

The experiment will teach scientists about the physical and mental wear and tear astronauts would suffer on a real Mars mission. It will also help them decide the best food, exercise, and daily routines to help astronauts keep it together. (Video source: European Space Agency)

 

So far, the crew members have been kept in their cramped spaceship for over 240 days, but now, the most action-packed part of the trip is about to start: a visit to a simulated Martian surface. BBC explains the plan.

 

“The trio will put on the type of spacesuit worn by real cosmonauts and simulate the sort of geological investigations future astronauts might pursue on the Red Planet one day... A robot rover will assist the Mars walkers, and their activity will be overseen by Mission Control Moscow...”

 

After visiting the surface, the crew will begin the return trip scheduled to end in November. A writer at Kotaku praises the mission, and pokes a little fun at the rumor mill in the process.

 

“It's not a perfect simulation, of course. There are no deadly alien robots, cosmic radiation won't transform them into superheroes... Still, the simulation is an important part of the process... And heck, isn't it nice to have a major milestone in space exploration that everyone can agree is fake?”

 

So, think you could handle an experiment like this? Would it change your mind to know the men can only shower once every 10 days? Give us your Mars credentials in our comments section.

 

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