Choosing the right people to go to Mars16 January 2013
Choosing the right people to go to Mars16 January 2013 When humans eventually travel to the Red Planet, the voyage will be long and difficult. The simulated Mars500 mission showed that every detail must be planned, including diet and sleep. The findings will also benefit those of us who stay behind.
Life after Mars18 April 2012
Life after Mars18 April 2012 Seventeen months of isolation on a simulated trip to Mars came to an end five months ago. Their mission was over and they breathed fresh air again. What have ESA ‘marsonauts’ Diego Urbina and Romain Charles been doing since they left their ‘spacecra...
Welcome back and thank you, Mars50004 November 2011
Welcome back and thank you, Mars50004 November 2011 The record-breaking simulated mission to Mars has ended with smiling faces after 17 months. Mars500’s six brave volunteers stepped out of their ‘spacecraft’ today to be welcomed by the waiting scientists – happy that the venture had worked even bett...
Mars500 crew prepare to open the hatch28 October 2011
Mars500 crew prepare to open the hatch28 October 2011 The 520 days of isolation for the Mars500 crew will end on 4 November, when the hatch of their ‘spacecraft’ is opened for the first time since June last year. Scientists eagerly await the final samples as the crew count the hours to liberty.