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N° 33–2011: Call for Media: ESA Mars500 crew in France, Italy and Spain

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 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:

For more information and imagery material, please visit:

For further information, please contact:

Event in Paris

ESA Media Relations Office

Communication Department

Tel: + 33 1 53 69 72 99

Fax: + 33 1 53 69 76 90


Event in Rome

ESA ESRIN Communication Office,

Franca Morgia

Fax: +39 06 941 80 842

Tel: +39 06 941 80 951


Event in Madrid

ESA ESAC Communication Office,

Beatriz Arias

Teléfono: +34 91 813 13 59

Fax: +34 91 813 12 19



For further information:

ESA Media Relations

Tel: +33(0)1.5369.7299

Fax: +33(0)1.5369.7690