There are a couple of threads already on ATS about this project, but I wanted to add a bit more and bring it up anew as the crew of this "mission"
is only two months away from their "arrival back on earth".
In a nutshell, a crew of six "marsonauts" are being (have been) isolated for nearly a year-and-a-half in the chamber pictured below:
This is being done in order to test the psychological and physical effects of isolation on subjects who would have to endure a long-duration flight to
Mars and back.
This is something that has never been done before and I am surprised at the seeming lack of interest or publicity about it.
Here too, is a video I found showing the interior of the chamber in which these 'marsonauts" are being isolated:
When contemplating missions beyond Low Earth Orbit, such as to the Moon and Mars, daily crew life and operational capabilities may be affected by the
hazardous space environment, the need for full autonomy and resourcefulness, the isolation, the interaction with fellow crewmembers and other aspects.
A better understanding of these aspects is essential for development of the elements necessary for an exploration mission.
Source of above quote, and a more lengthy and detailed description of the project.
...if anyone has another thread, please post it! I would like to hear more discussion of this mission, what we could learn from it, and even, how
such a thing could be a prime host for future conspiracy theories of faked Mars missions.
All I can say is bravo! to the six people who elected for this near-18 month long isolation for the sake of science. Incredible.
Yet, who can control space? With so many people having easy access to technology and information far greater than anything we had on our mission to
the moon, the privatization of space-based missions/tourism cannot be far away.
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