Chinese Mars 500 volunteer to be on 'Mars' for Spring Festival

17:18, January 24, 2011      

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Wang Yue, Chinese volunteer for the Mars 500 simulation of a manned spaceflight, will step out of the cabin of the experiment's "spaceship" and walk on a simulation of the Martian surface just in time for Chinese New Year, according to the website of China Manned Space Engineering.

The experimental cabin will land on the Mars on Feb. 1. At the end of Jan. 23, the Mars 500 experiment, which simulates a round-trip voyage to the red planet, had completed its 234th day.

As planned, the crew members will participate in a 30-day simulated landing on the surface of Mars.

It is reported that the Chinese participant, Wang Yue, has displayed a strong sense of teamwork and perseverance while conducting his research.

Li Yinghui, the Chinese team's deputy chief designer under the Mars-500 project, said considering the current carrying capacity, the Mars 500 project is a three-stage experiment, including a 250-day virtual flight to Mars, a 30-day stay on the planet and a 240-day journey back to earth.

There are five volunteers, including space lovers from Russia, Italy and France. It will take about 500 days to travel to and from Mars from the day of the launch to the return landing, so the test will take about 520 days, Li said.

On Feb. 18, Wang Yue and two of his fellow travelers will spend two hours on "Mars" taking micro-biological and chemical samples of "soil" for delivery to Earth. The crew will leave "Mars" on Feb. 23.

The website of China Manned Space Engineering and People's Daily Online jointly launch a special section on the Mars 500, and netizens can log into these websites to leave comments or send your wishes for them.

By Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online

(Editor:张茜)

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