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BEE-LINE TO THE FUTURE: A Simulated Trip To Mars

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The European Space Agency’s Mars-500 project simulates a trip to the red planet. Six astronauts were confined in a Bio-Dome for eight months without sun or fresh water until they finally reached Mars. On February 24th three crew members entered a descent module without an engine, and landed on a giant sandpit inside a large hanger in Moscow. For 30 days the crew used drills and geological tools to perform experiments and drove a virtual buggy over Mars. Currently, the crew is returning to Earth where they will land on November 5th.


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