Astronauts Simulate Landing on Mars

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
 
Hours ago, three astronauts set foot on a dark, sand-filled room that is meant to simulate Mars. These explorers are among the six men–three Russians, two Europeans, and one Chinese–who make up the Mars500 mission, which is designed to study the psychological effects of a year-and-a-half long voyage to Mars. The six-man crew, all of them are volunteers, have been living in isolation inside a 550-cubic