Simulating manned flight to Mars to start

15:51, May 19, 2010      

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Wang Yue, volunteer from China, is presented at the press conference.

Russian scientists announced on Tuesday human's first ground-based biomedical experiment called Mars-500, simulating manned flight to Mars, will start on June 3 at the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Science.

The 520-day experiment of simulating manned flight to Mars will include three parts: 250-day trip to Mars, 30-day landing and exploration on the surface of Mars and 240-day returning to the Earth and the six crew members will finish ten major missions.

Organized by Russia and joined by several countries, the aims of Mars-500 experiment is to explore the interaction of human beings and environment, find out the crew members' health status and working competence in an airtight condition over a long period of time. In particular, the crew needs to acquire relative data during a long flight.

Seven volunteers, including one Chinese, four Russians, one French, and one Italian, were selected to take part in the training. But only four of them, to be announced, will join China's Wang Yue, to experience the 520-day Mars trip.

Chinese participant of Mars-500 project Wang Yue (1st R, Rear) and another six participants meet the press in Moscow, capital of Russia, May 18, 2010. Russia on Tuesday announced the participants of a 520-day simulation flight to Mars. The experiment will simulate all aspects of a journey to Mars with a crew consisting of six principal participants and the back-up ones. (Xinhua/Lu Jinbo)

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