November 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

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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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