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.
Here’s an interesting research project done by