28 November 2011
After their 17-month simulated voyage to the Red Planet, ESA’s two Mars500 crewmembers, Romain Charles and Diego Urbina, are returning from Russia. The two will talk about their experience with media in Paris, Rome and near Madrid in early December.
Since their ‘landing’ on 4 November, the study has continued during the crew’s seclusion in Moscow, with debriefings, medical checks and psychological evaluations. Scientists have been collecting data that may help future astronauts and other professions that involve long stretches of isolation.
On 5 December at 11:00 CET, in Paris, Mars500 and preparing for human space exploration will be presented, before Romain and Diego talk about their experiences during the 520 days in the isolation facility.
The Paris press conferences will be webstreamed on www.esa.int in English and French.
On 6 December at 09:30 CET, at the Boscolo Aleph Hotel in Rome, the two will meet local media, before participating in a Tweeetup at 11:30.
On 7 December at 10:30 CET, at ESAC in Villanueva de la Cañada (Madrid), Spain, Diego Urbina will meet media and a group of university students to talk about his experience.
Media interested in attending one of the events must register via the following link:
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For further information, please contact:
Event in Paris
ESA Media Relations Office
Tel: + 33 1 53 69 72 99
Fax: + 33 1 53 69 76 90
Event in Rome
ESA ESRIN Communication Office,
Fax: +39 06 941 80 842
Tel: +39 06 941 80 951
Event in Madrid
ESA ESAC Communication Office,
Teléfono: +34 91 813 13 59
Fax: +34 91 813 12 19
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