HUFFINGTON POST
03/28/2008 02:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Russia Preps 520-Day Mock Mission To Mars...

More than 70 people have volunteered to be confined in a mock mission to Mars - for 520 days. It would be the longest simulation of its kind.

The Institute of Medical and Biological Problems (IMBP) in Russia is undertaking the isolation study to learn more about the personal dynamics of long-duration space travel, according to Russian media reports. An actual round-trip mission to Mars could last about 30 months - about twice as long as this simulation.

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