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Simulated journey to Mars almost over

(People's Daily Online)

17:14, November 03, 2011

Taken on Oct. 25, this photo shows the Mars 500 laboratory module enveloped by blue lights. The blue lights will help the astronauts to adapt to the natural environment. (Xinhua-AFP)

Edited and translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.3 (People's Daily Online) --Six volunteers will end their one-year journey to "Mars" and "return to earth" on Nov. 4, 2011.

As the participants of the Mars 500 experimental project, six volunteers from Russia, China and Europe entered the laboratory module at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow, the capital city of Russia on June 3, 2010. Lasting for 520 days, this project aims to simulate a situation in which the astronauts land on Mars and return to earth by spacecraft.

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