The short story, The ESA want some people who will undergo similar conditions that they expect a crew to undergo throughout a 500 day voyage to mars and back.
Aside from weightlessness and radiation, the simulation will try to be as close to the real thing as possible.
To go to Mars is still a dream and one of the last gigantic challenges. But one day some of us will be on precisely that journey to the Red Planet. A journey with no way out once the spaceship is on a direct path to Mars.
These men and women will have to take care of themselves for almost two years during the roundtrip. Their survival is in their own hands, relying on the work of thousands of engineers and scientists back on Earth, who made such a mission possible.
The crew will experience extreme isolation and confinement. They will lose sight of planet Earth. A radio contact will take 40 minutes to travel to us and then back to the space explorers.
A human mission to Mars is a bold vision for the time beyond the International Space Station. However, preparations have already started today. They are geared and committed to one goal: to send humans on an exploration mission to Mars, individuals who will live and work together in a spaceship for over 500 days.
A big pat on the back must be offered to the ESA for starting to seriously look at the various factors involved in sending manned missions to Mars!
the facilities are based at the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP)
what a cool name, sounds like something out of Half-life or a FPS game heh.
A precursor 105 day study is scheduled to start by mid-2008 - that may be followed by a second 105 day study then finally the full 520 - day study beginning late 2008 or early 2009.
Currently the ESA are looking for 12 voluteers to participate in the simulations and help support the preparation for the real thing.
Four volunteers will be needed for each of the three simulations.
the Selection criteria will be similar to that of the ESA Astronauts, but there will be more emphasis on psychological factors and stress resistance than on physical fitness.
The other requirements Are:
- Aged 25-50 years
- Good Health
- High Motivation
- Height up to 185cm (well that's me and TonyH out of the equation)
- Background and work experience in one of the following fields:
- Life support systems engineering
- Computer Engineering
- electronic engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Working languages will be English and Russian, therefore fluency in one, and a working knowledge of the other is highly desired.
- Need to be available for the whole duration of the study
- Non-smoker, no addictions (alcohol, illicit drugs, etc.)
- Candidates must be willing to volunteer for medical and psychological investigations
- Candidates Nationality residence is restricted to ESA member states participating in the ELIPS and / or Aurora core programs,
- The Netherlands
- United Kingom
the release PDF is here:
Mars500 Call for Candidates
The Application form is HERE
More information Here
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Comment by Jaison Krenek, on 23-Jun-2007 14:16
Why are we making such a big deal about this? We can get to mars and any other planet that we wish to by setting up a network of space exploration stations. Set up a space community so that people can just hop from one to another until they get close enough for a much shorter and less fatal journey to their destination of choice. I do know that we are years/decades away from any thing like this but if we want to be successful I think that it is needed to lay the gound work for safer exploration and new discovery(ferther telescopic veiws into our and far galaxy's. Now doesn't that make more sense? That way we can look in other directions also. Well those are my views.