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Mars 500 Project

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:01 am
by Spaced
This is a crazy project I just read about. From this Thurs, some guys will be living in a warehouse in Moscow to simulate a Mars mission! OK, its a bit more hi tech than that:

A space odyssey of the mind


By Jon Kelly
BBC News Magazine

Six would-be astronauts will this week begin a 520-day mock space voyage to simulate a mission to Mars. How will they cope with the huge psychological pressures?

Deep in outer space, millions of miles from civilisation, they say no-one can hear you scream.
The same may not be true of a warehouse in Moscow's suburbs. But here an audacious experiment is about to try to replicate the cramped, claustrophobic conditions of a voyage across the Solar System.

From 3 June, the Mars 500 project will send a "crew" of six on a simulated 520-day round trip to the Red Planet and back.

Re: Mars 500 Project

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:02 am
by Spaced

Re: Mars 500 Project

PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:02 am
by RickLewis
Great post, Spaced! (And good to see you are still here occasionally, btw!)

I just Googled for more info and found this update on the BBC site.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/davidgregory ... kinda.html

It seems that the "mission" is underway and that one of the inhabitants/participants of Mars500, Diego Urbina, is providing updates on Twitter. I followed the link, and his Twitter page is here:

http://twitter.com/diegou

Is there a way we can ask him questions? I have a Twitter page but I'm still a complete beginner at Twitter.

Re: Mars 500 Project

PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:08 pm
by Spaced
He's been very busy on Twitter thi week. Lastest tweet, yesterday, says "this is mission day 87, 11 869 947 kms from Earth, 56 867 776 kms from Mars #mars500 29-Aug-2010 11:22:07(MOS)"

So they are about a 1/6 of the way "there". OK, I no they're not really but it does give an idea of how long the mission calculated to take.

87x6 = about 500 days, just like it says on the tin. But I thought in the other thread (the one about using lunar ice for Mars voyages) it said that a Mars voyage would take abut 180 days min or 280 (?) for the slow route. So why 500 days to get there?

Re: Mars 500 Project

PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:11 pm
by Spaced
I just saw that in the quote in my original post above, it said they would be in the tin can fr 520 days, to stimulate a ROUND TRIP to Mars! But in that case they should be much further along towards Mars by now - 1/3 of the way there not 1/6. Did the astronaut get it wrong?

Re: Mars 500 Project

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:45 pm
by Spaced
I lost track of the Mars 500 Project for a while. (Lost track of this forum, too!). However, the project finished in November last year and there is a good page about it here ---> http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Mars500/

Re: Mars 500 Project

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:25 pm
by RickLewis
Hi Spaced, it's good to see you back here.

So what did they learn from the Mars 500 experiment?