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Container hatch – on 3 June 2010, it closes for 520 days



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Container hatch – on 3 June 2010, it closes for 520 days
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This hatch will remain closed for 520 days. Inside the container at the Moscow-based Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP), six crewmembers will go on a virtual trip to Mars. With the exception of weightlessness and exposure to radiation, in-space conditions will be simulated as realistically as possible. The crew will experience isolation, food and emergency situations of the kind they would encounter on a real long-duration mission. During the 520-day ‘journey’, somewhere in the region of 100 tests are planned, covering the fields of psychology, psychophysiology, clinical diagnostics, physiology and microbiology.
Credit: ESA