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Russia launching 520 day mission to Mars

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posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 09:41 AM
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..simulation that is
news.yahoo.com...

>>MOSCOW – A manned mission to Mars may be decades away, but an international team of researchers will try to experience what one might be like by locking themselves up in a windowless capsule for a year-and-half — the time needed for a roundtrip to the red planet.

The all-male crew of three Russians, a Frenchman, an Italian-Colombian and a Chinese won't endure weightlessness, but from Thursday they will live for 520 days in the spartan conditions of a mock spaceship and follow a harsh regimen of experiments and exercise....




posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:37 AM
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That's a very bold title for your thread - you may give people the impression that there's folk on their way to Mars as we speak. Risky.

As for the real news - very intruiging - definately best they test people for close confinement first. I think they'll be fine - I hope they all get along!



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:52 AM
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That's nothing.
I've been simulating a mission to Jupiter by being in a windowless, airless, cramped cube with virtually no intelligent face-to-face human contact for more than 10 years...



posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 11:09 AM
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well... it might work out, if they are gay



posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 06:52 AM
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Windowless? At least give them a small window with a projection of a bunch of stars so they don't go insane!



posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 07:00 AM
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I wonder if they feel like prisoners



posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 07:07 AM
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So, pulling the old bait and switch to get your reply count up, huh? I suppose that's ok. All I can say about the mock mission is that I hope it gives us some real world data on how people will react to the stress of a long distance space flight.



posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 07:14 AM
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Originally posted by TheComedian
That's nothing.
I've been simulating a mission to Jupiter by being in a windowless, airless, cramped cube with virtually no intelligent face-to-face human contact for more than 10 years...




Priceless!!! Fell of my chair laughing so hard!!



posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 08:54 AM
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The 520 days would be a joke, if the space agency would develop the Burkhard Heim 'hyperspace' propulsion.

"Welcome to Mars express: only a three hour trip"
news.scotsman.com...

"Heim theory"
en.wikipedia.org...

The physics is done. So I guess it's the engineers, which are the hold up on developing it. I guess it's too ego-embarrassing for them to develop a sci-fi-similar space exploration mechanism.

But I guess we all like jokes. So even 50 years after physicist Burkhard Heim proposed a superior method, we continue with rocket propulsion, and laughingly call it space exploration.

So... have fun in that 520-day can, boys. I know I'm going to have fun laughing about it.



[edit on 6/3/2010 by Larryman]



posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 09:38 AM
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Originally posted by Larryman
"Welcome to Mars express: only a three hour trip"


"A three hour tour, a three hour tour..."



posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 11:40 AM
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Yeah it certainly is an interesting social experiment. Yes the title was shamelessly smooged so some might read the article. Regardless, some funny posts have resulted.



posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 11:42 AM
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Already being talked about here www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 12:11 PM
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Why are they not going for the weightless thing? Seems a bit pointless to have them exercising if the results arent going to be that useful during the actual spaceflight. Unless they're purely interested in the psychological aspects of stress and fatigue of course.

Also.. no windows? Bit harsh. That would absolutely kill me, I spend 90% of my time staring out of windows!



posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 12:17 PM
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Here is the part of the article I like:


A similar experiment in 1999-2000 at the same Moscow institute went awry when a Canadian woman complained of being forcibly kissed by a Russian team captain. She also said two Russian crew members had a fist fight that left blood splattered on the walls. Russian officials downplayed the incidents, attributing them to cultural gaps and stress.

Morukov said the organizers had considered some female candidates for the current experiment, but they hadn't been chosen for various reasons. "Selecting an all-man crew wasn't our goal," he said.


And I think that was only a 90-day simulation.


... and in that time, they could have traveled not just to Mars, but to another star system: "journey to a star 11 light years away in 80 days" - using the Burkhard Heim propulsion method.

news.scotsman.com...


[edit on 6/3/2010 by Larryman]



posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 12:59 PM
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