[QODLink]
Europe

Russian test uncovers strain of space travel

A 520-day simulated "Mars" mission gauges impact of prolonged space travel on astronauts.
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 20:17

The first results to emerge from a simulated Mars mission have revealed some of the crew experienced depression, and troubles with sleep patterns.

The would-be astronauts spent more than 500 days in a capsule meant to replicate some of the conditions of long-terms space travel, such as subjecting the men to recirculated air and dehydrated food for over a year.

The findings, from Russia's Mars-500 project, suggest not all current astronauts will be suited to interplanetary travel.

Al Jazeera's Emma Hayward reports from Moscow.

84

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
Absenteeism among doctors at government hospitals is rife, prompting innovative efforts to ensure they turn up for work.
Marginalised and jobless, desperate young men in Nairobi slums provide fertile ground for al-Shabab.
The Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to hear genocide charges for targeting ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslims.
'I'm dying anyway, one piece at a time' said Steve Fobister, who suffers from disabilities caused by mercury poisoning.
The world's newest professional sport comes from an unlikely source: video games.
join our mailing list