Mars crew 'lands' after 520-day simulation

Six-man Mars500 team never actually left Earth, but $15m project simulated physical and mental strain of space travel.

    A crew of would-be astronauts from Europe, China, and Russia has emerged from a 520-day simulated space mission to a hero's welcome, even though the Mars500 team never left the Earth.

    The 18 months spent in a spacecraft firmly planted on the ground was meant to mimic a real mission to Mars; 250 days to get there, 30 days in orbit and to land, and another 240 days to return.

    Along with scientific experiments and maintenance work, the $15m exercise was meant to gauge the physical and mental strains of the prolonged space journey in space.

    Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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