Astronauts to spend 520 days in a Mars Mission Simulator

by Mark R

I think that we all want to go to Mars, but we’re not certain if our astronauts could take the journey there.

Leave it to NASA to come up with a way to test out whether or not the astronauts could take it. They intend to put astronauts in this big simulator for about 520 days.

Yes, I suppose that if you succumb to cabin fever, then you’re not getting the mission patch on your arm. There are three main segments for the surface of Mars, a place for the Mars lander, and then the interior of the spacecraft itself. This is to simulate the 250-day trip to Mars in the spacecraft, the 30-day period of exploring the planet, and then the 240-day trip back.

I’m guessing that whole gravity thing will still be involved in this simulation. The facilities have already hosted a 14-day mission and then a longer 105-day one.

Sticking a few astronauts in some thing for 520 days sounds like a pilot for a new reality TV show. Maybe in the next season of Survivor, which would probably the last season of it.

Something tells me that NASA will want to make a reality show out of whatever this ends up being. I’m not certain if I want to see astronauts in a confessional cam.

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Square Soda Can to reduce carbon footprint » Coolest Gadgets Says: April 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm

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hukiworld Says: April 2, 2010 at 2:12 am

that might be funny to watch astronauts go nuts in space lmao

democratsarefascists Says: April 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Before Obama murdered the space program, things like this made sense, but now?

What a waste of time and money.

I’m a huge fan of the manned space program, but now there’s no point in having NASA at all.

Lukay F Says: April 6, 2010 at 1:10 am

why not spend that money to drastically reduce global poverty and irradicate crimes…

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