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Today ends the experiment in modeling human flight to Mars

July 14 2009

Its 105-day "flight" in the layout of Martian ship today completes the team of six volunteers: Europeans and Russians. Participants in the experience of staying human in isolation, when simulating flight conditions, will leave a special medical-technical complex, where they spent 3.5 months.

Organizers of the testing program said that "the expedition was divided into three equal-length stages - the rotation of Earth orbit, the flight to Mars and the flight is already on the Martian orbit.

During his stay in the "spaceship" testers - Russians Sergei Ryazan, Alexey Baranov, Alexey Shpakov, Oleg Artemyev, Frenchman Cyril Fournier and German Oliver Knikkel - went through all the difficulties of space flight, and overcame a number of planned non-standard situations, such as denial various devices, LEAKS ship, the failure of simulators and many others.

The ultimate goal of the project Mars-500 "is to acquire practical experience in preparation for the actual flight to the Red Planet. It is already known that the onset of the main, 520-day study is scheduled for the end of this - the beginning of next year.

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