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A Big Brother-style experiment to test whether humans could travel to Mars and back has begun in Moscow.
Six volunteers from Russia, France and Germany have been locked into a capsule to simulate the conditions of a manned flight to the planet lasting two years.
Those who survive more than 100 days experiencing the same isolation and claustrophobia as astronauts will earn a $20,000 (14,000) reward.

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More than four-and-a half thousand people have applied to take part in a joint Russian-European venture in which six people will be locked inside a mock spacecraft for 520 days to simulate an expedition to Mars.
Russia's space agency is sifting through piles of applications from would-be astronauts, including Britons, prepared to suffer extreme privation to test endurance levels for a Mars odyssey.
Successful candidates will be locked inside a cramped barrel-shaped spacecraft in central Moscow for a year and a half: 250 days to Mars, followed by a month on the surface, and 240 days to get back. The craft comprises tiny modules - a claustrophobic 550 cubic metres in total that aims to replicate the psychological pressures of an arduous long-distance space voyage.

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It's a mission to Mars - without leaving Moscow. Russian scientists have finished fashioning a crucial section of a mock spacecraft that will simulate a voyage to the Red Planet, an official at the Moscow institute leading the project said Wednesday.
For at least 520 days, the barrel-shaped metal structure will serve as living quarters for six crew members picked from thousands of applicants around the world for a pretend voyage that in real life may be decades away.
The simulated space flight, to start in late 2008, is meant to set the stage for a trip to Mars by testing the health, performance and crew interaction under the trying conditions of such a journey.

"In order to later help the guys who really do go to Mars, we must model everything on Earth" - Mark Belakovsky, chief manager of the Mars500 project at the Institute of Biomedical Problems, part of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The living quarters, somewhat larger than a railroad car, will be part of a windowless warren of five linked modules being built at the institute off a busy street near central Moscow.
The institute and the European Space Agency, or ESA - a "strategic partner" in the project - are separately considering applications for the mock voyage as well as two shorter, preliminary experiments - also with crews of six. The ESA last month announced it was looking for candidates.

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The Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicinal and Biological Problems will conduct the world's first simulated manned Martian mission this autumn.

Yevgeny Demin, a Technical supervisor, said an expedition to Mars might be launched in 2010-2016. "U.S. and EU experts are more cautious, saying this will happen in 2030-2060. But one thing is clear: We must now conduct the first simulated long-duration Martian flight."

Therefore, the Russian Federal Space Agency will recruit volunteers to take part in the experiment this fall.

Methods to guarantee the physical and psychological health of the "crew" will be tested during this unprecedented experiment. Telemedicine will be used for the first time in the history of manned space flights, whereas the would-be cosmonauts will monitor spacecraft atmosphere and the microbiological situation independently.

The simulated mission would last 500 days, but could be prolonged to 700 days if it proved to be successful. The experimental unisex crew will include six people aged between 25 and 50 of different nationalities.

It is hoped the simulated Martian flight would help scientists find out whether or not cosmonauts can survive on Mars.

"This will be the first time our scientists will come close to a real flight to Mars. A series of other experiments will follow: We will test model spacecraft, and conduct an experiment with real equipment for the Mars program flight, preferably inside a real model Martian spacecraft" - Yevgeny Demin.

A federal budget would finance the first Martian experiment.



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