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Russia's space agency is seeking volunteers for a 520-day 'flight' to Mars and back.
To qualify in the first round of selection, you would need to be aged between 25 and 50 years.
Being a doctor, engineer, biologist or computation instrument specialist would win you extra points during the selection process, according to an announcement posted August 3 on the web site of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos). The announcement didn't specify how many of the five winners would need to be male or female.
In the experiment "MARS-500" investigations will be conducted in the following directions:
Biochemical, immunological investigations.
Small group psychology, personality psychology.
Sanitary and hygienic, and microbiological investigations.
Operation-technological experiments, verification of the data bases.
Investigators who would like to take part in the experiment should send proposals (in English or Russian) according to the attached form in paper and electronic form (at the floppy disk or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ) to Albert P. Nechaev, the Coordinator of the experiment scientific program.
More than 70 people have volunteered to be confined in a mock mission to Mars – for 520 days. It would be the longest simulation of its kind.
The Institute of Medical and Biological Problems (IMBP) in Russia is undertaking the isolation study to learn more about the personal dynamics of long-duration space travel, according to Russian media reports. An actual round-trip mission to Mars could last about 30 months – about twice as long as this simulation.
Five people will be eventually be selected for the study. They will spend 250 days on a simulated space trip to Mars. Then, three of the five will leave the mock spaceship for a simulated "landing on Mars" that will last 30 days. The five participants will then embark on a 240-day journey "back to Earth". They will communicate with mission control by email.