Friday, March 23, 2012
Mars 500 Mission Simulation Considered for ISS
International Space Station partners are considering the orbiting outpost to simulate a 500-day astronaut-cosmonaut deep space mission to Mars in 2015 patterned after the patterned after Moscow-based Mars 500 simulated flight conducted at a research center last year. The mission would be designed to study human factors, technology and delayed communications, according to NASA. No decision on a mission profile has yet been made.
Physical as well as psychological questions will have to be addressed before anything of that sort is attempted by multiple space agencies prior to undertaking such a simulated mission at the International Space Station. There is at least a significant probablity that the space agencies will agree to simulate the first leg of a Mars deep space trek with 9-month stays at the orbiting space station. More from MSNBC.