Six Men To Live In Isolation For Mars Experiment

05.19.10 | FL News Team

Six men from Russia, Europe and China are getting set to spend the next year and a half living together in very close quarters, sealed-off from the rest of the world. It's a test to determine how humans will react during a simulated trip to Mars. The six will be locked away on June 3rd in a series of cramped compartments with very limited personal space. They'll stay there until November of next year. Martin Zell, with the European Space Agency, said "this 520-day flight to Mars is unprecedented in its overall duration."

 The "crew" will live and work as though they were astronauts performing maintenance, scientific experiments. After 250 days, three of them will be moved to a simulated Martian "surface" while the others stay in their "spacecraft" for a month. Communication with Earth will be limited to e-mail.