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|Russia Moving Ahead with Simulated Mars Mission|
As previously reported, and now with the help of the ESA, Russia plans on conducting the first realistic simulation of a manned Mars mission, complete with recycled air and other necessary equipment tests. Aimed at a 2010-2016 launch date, the simulation will occur this fall. The program seems to have survived budget cuts due to a problematic economy and the need to support the United States' contribution to the International Space Agency.
|Yuri Gagarin, early symbol of Russia's space program and the first person in space.|
Credit: Time Magazine
Some important features will be the use of telemedicine, a unisex crew of six people with different nationalities aged 25 to 50, and in situ monitoring of most "spacecraft" functions. After the 500- to 700-day time window, the Russians hope to move forward to testing other features of a Mars mission.
The time for the Russian mission seems to have been moved up from the previously stated 2018 launch window for a possible mission, which raises questions about whether the Russian space agency can pull such an ambitious project off.
(More info: RIA Novosti)
- posted by Brian @ 14:08 EST