November 4th, 2011
04:52 AM ET

Simulated Mars mission to 'land' back to Earth

Six volunteer astronauts will emerge Friday from a 520-day 'trip' to Mars.

Well, sort of.

The male volunteers have been in isolation in a Moscow parking lot to simulate a 520-day-mission to Mars, part of the European Space Agency's experiment to determine the challenges facing future space travelers.

Scientists placed the six men from Russia, China and Europe in a tight space that mirrors a real space flight in June last year.

During the period, the crew dressed in blue jumpsuits has lived in a tight windowless space, showered on rare occasions and survived on canned food. Messages from friends and family came with a 20-minute lag based on the simulated distance to Earth.

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  1. Banasy is dumber than a box of rocks

    She says " I suppose it never occurred to Princess Buttercup that the © and all of the other "evidence" was manufactured to feed the fantasies of conspiracy theorists...and they jumped on it as expected." LMAO The Apollo mission astronauts took over 600 35mm photographs while standing on the moon. Almost all of these photgraphs said to be taken on the moon have been scanned using the latest technology high-resolution scanning systems. One of them is of a rock laying on the dust of the moon. Arixona State University students zoomed-in on that rock and found a copyright symbol clearly stamped on it. Hollywood has for decades been required by law to copyright stage props. One example is the Star Wars movie, where every single model was copyrighted, and are still stored in vaults to be uesed as evidence if anyone tries to copy-cat Spielberg. Get a clue, dummy.

    November 5, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Indigo Montoya:

    Yay, you took the bait!
    There are conspiracies abounding...and you strain the gnat and gulp it down because that is what an person devoid of a original thought of their own does.
    The biggest clue in the world is your ability to see anyone else's POV besides your own, and that is the classic sign of a narcissistic personality order.
    It's been thoroughly debunked, again and again, but because you would rather stick with your ideas because they fit your skewed version of life, you will never, *ever* back down.
    That's fine, because your outrageous claims keeps people vastly amused.

    I really don't think that's your intent, but that's the end result.

    Oh, yeah, the 80's called.
    They want their phrase back.

    November 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©


    The biggest clue in the world is your INability to see anyone else’s POV besides your own, and that is the classic sign of a narcissistic personality order.

    November 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fatin

    I want an I pad to because in a world where thgcnoloey and traveling is everything it is starting to become an essential. The sad thing is that we are also in a recession which enables me to get one at the time. So if i was to win on e it would be a great thing for not only me but my family

    March 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
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