Russia Simulates 520-Day Mars Space Trip

mars-500Six men – three Russians, one Chinese, one French and one Italian, will be living in a simulation environment for the next 520 days. The event to be simulated is a space journey from Earth to Mars.

The project is the third stage of program Mars-500. It began Thursday, June 3. They will live and work in a mockup spacecraft that has a volume of only 550 cubic meters. Communication with the outside world and supply of consumables will be limited. The experiment’s facility is located at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow, Russia.

The names of the cosmonauts are as follows: Diego Urbina, Romain Charles, Sukhrob Kamolov, Alexey Sitev, Alexandr Smoleevskiy, Mikhail Sinelnikov and Wang Yue.

One of the obvious objectives of the “mission” is to determine how an actual journey would function while also testing the psychological effects of such a long mission to the cosmonauts.

The cosmonauts will have no access to Internet, phone and natural light. They will breathe recycled air and take a bath once every ten days.