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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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Photo: Mikhail Metzel/AP Photo
CLOSE QUARTERS: Before humans can explore Mars, they must endure a multimonth space journey. In March, six European researchers entered a 116-square-meter set of modules in Moscow for 105 days of windowless isolation. This is the latest in a series of studies conducted by the Russian space agency to simulate the physical and psychological stress of space travel.
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