Mock Mars mission makes sandpit landing
A mock mission to Mars touched down yesterday after two cosmonauts walked across a giant sandpit in Moscow meant to simulate the surface of the Red Planet
After being locked up in a pretend spaceship for eight months, two cosmonauts planted the flags of Russia, the European Space Agency and China in the sand.
The experiment, called Mars 500 will run until November by which time the crew will have spent 520 days in isolation. They will be confined to a mock landing vehicle for most of the time, while the other half of the six-man crew will remain "in orbit" in the spaceship.
The aim is to learn more about the physical and psychological demands of long-distance space travel. (© Daily Telegraph, London)