Diego Urbina, wearing a Russian Orlan spacesuit on his simulated Marswalk. Image Source: ESA.
Back on 3 June 2010, a 6-person team began a simulated round trip to Mars in a sealed capsule just ouside Moscow. Today, they are 'landing' and their capsule will open in one hour. This experiment was dubbed Mars 500, and is a cooperative project of the European Space Agency with the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP). I blogged about the start of the crew's 'journey' here. The experiment was set up to test whether a team could cope with the rigours of living together in the confined operating environment necessary to travel to Mars and come back. They performed several tests to assess their responses. One section of the environment they inhabited simulated the surface of Mars, where the crew performed a number of planned experiments.
At 11:00 CET, the crew's capsule will open and they will report on the psychological experience of a simulated manned journey to Mars. You can watch live-streaming of the opening of the capsule starting at 10:50 CET at the European Space Agency Website here. CET is GMT+1 hour.
The crewmembers are:
The experimental isolation chamber. Image Source: ESA.
This is the crew's timeline:
Two of the crew have condensed their 520 days into a video that lasts 15 minutes, which you can see below.
Video Source: Youtube.
Caption for the above video: ESA's Mars500 crewmembers Diego Urbina and Romain Charles recorded 15 video diaries from all phases of their simulated mission to Mars, and here comes a compilation of their YouTube videos.