Mars-500 "Astronauts" Walk on Mars
Students visiting VSSEC have been able to walk on Mars for the past four years. Now the crew members of the Mars-500 experiment have conducted their own mission.
Mars-500 is the the first ever full duration simulation of a possible manned flight to Mars. After a 250-day virtual flight to Mars, three of the crew, Russian Alexandr Smoleevskiy, Italian Diego Urbina and Chinese Wang Yue, entered the lander and, after an 4-day journey, they ‘landed’ on Mars. During their 30-day stay on Mars the astronauts will condusct a total of 3 mission exploring the simulated martian terrain. Their first mission was conducted on February 14th and lasted for one hour and 12 minutes.
The main task of the Mars-500 experiment is to study the effects of long isolation to help a real space crew of the future cope better with stress and fatigue. The experiment is conducted by the Moscow-based Institute for Medical and Biological Problems in cooperation with the European Space Agency and Chinese space authorities. For more information about the mission, including a video of the astronauts first mission on Mars, visit the ESA Mars-500 website