A Dry Run at Mars

Scientists prepare for the challenges of sending humans to Mars by staging simulations right here on Earth

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BIG BROTHER, MARTIAN EDITION: Later this year, as part of “The Mars 500” study, the agency plans to monitor the same crew for a total of 520 days, the expected length of a return mission to Mars—that is, unless there’s a repeat of the 1999 study in which a female crew member complained of unwanted sexual advances and two male crew members got into a bloody fight.
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