Mars 500 mission

It is a year-and-a-half isolation experiment that had been conducted to simulate a return flight to Mars , organised by the Moscow-based Institute for Medical and Biological Problems in cooperation with the European Space Agency and China’s space training centre.


The idea behind the project was to study the psychological and physical effects of long-haul space flight on human beings in anticipation of a real mission to Mars.

The all-male crew, which comprised of three Russians, a Frenchman, an Italian-Colombian, and a Chinese man, agreed to be locked inside a giant wood-panelled tin can in order to simulate a return flight to the Red Planet.

The tin can was complete with fake emergencies, space walks, scientific experiments, and only sporadic electronic communication with their loved ones.

The participants were free to leave the “spaceship” at any time for good but none of them did and there were said to have only been minor disagreements among them.

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