Thursday, March 22, 2012

NASA Considering Space Station for Mars Dry Run
NASA Considering Space Station for Mars Dry Run

By Marcia Dunn
March 21, 2012 4:31PM

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The International Space Station may provide the setting for a 500-day pretend trip to Mars in another few years. Physical as well as psychological questions will have to be addressed before anything of that sort is attempted, but steps are occurring for such an effort, with scientists and flight surgeons already working on processes.

The International Space Station may provide the setting for a 500-day pretend trip to Mars in another few years. NASA said Tuesday that consideration is under way to use the space station as a dry run for a simulated trip to and from Mars.
It would be patterned after Russia's mock flight to Mars that lasted 520 days at a Moscow research center Relevant Products/Services. Six men were involved in that study, which ended late last year. They were locked in a steel capsule.

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