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What’s Russian for “Biosphere II”?

Russia Plans 500-Day Mock Mars Mission

The 500 Days experiment, under development by the Russian Institute of Medical and Biological Problems, will isolate human volunteers in a mock space station module for — as its namesake suggests — a complete 500 days to study how a long mission to Mars might affect its human crew…

During the 500 Days study, six volunteers will depend on a preset limit of supplies, including about 5 tons of food and oxygen and 3 tons of water. A doctor will accompany volunteers inside the module to treat illnesses and injuries. Volunteers will only be allowed to quit the experiment if the develop a severe ailment of psychological stress.

Sounds….vaguely familiar….

Polyakov told Interfax reporters that the 500 Days experiment will not include female volunteers.

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