Ahh, you gotta love science. The European Space Agency (ESA) recently announced they'd be locking French, Belgian, Russian and Chinese volunteers (all men) into a big can for 520 days, to practice for a future mars mission. Here's the gist:
Four Europeans vying to become guinea pigs for a 520-day simulated mission to Mars say they are proud to be putting their lives on hold for the sake of scientific advancement.these poor schmoes will be locked up at the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow (sounds like fun, huh?)...
"I want to help humanity take a step forward by improving our level of knowledge," Belgian candidate Jerome Clevers, 28, said.
Diego Urbina, 26, of Italy added: "When the first humans step on Mars, I can say, 'Yeah, I helped do that.' And then we get to use cool space suits, which is also nice!"
Two of the four, who also include Romain Charles, 30, and Arc'hanmael Gaillard, 34, both of France, will take part in a biomedical experiment starting this summer with three Russians and a Chinese participant in what the ESA has termed "second to none as the ultimate test of human endurance."
"...in an elaborate reconstruction that will include an interplanetary spaceship, a Mars lander and a Martian landscape."
The experiment seeks to test the group's mental and physical ability to cope with living and working in an enclosed environment for an extended period of time.
"There will be no women," Urbina added.