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2011-02-14 07:50:00

Two crewmembers participating in a simulated mission to Mars have taken their first steps on a replica of the Red Planet's surface, officials in charge of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars500 project announced on Monday. Mars500, an ongoing study at the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Russia which intends to measure the physical and mental effect that a real-life Mars mission might have on astronauts, features a six-person crew who have to date been isolated in steel containers that...

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2011-02-11 13:30:00

On Saturday a group of volunteers will reach a stage in their one-and-a-half year experiment to study the effects of a mission to Mars when they "land" on the Red Planet's surface. Three of the six volunteers will "touch down" on Saturday before moving out of their lander for a first "space walk" Monday on the Martian surface. The landing marks the approximate halfway point for the experiment in which participants spend 520 days in isolation from the world to test how humans would respond...

2010-12-06 00:00:39

The KEFTY Company announces today that its revolutionary home exerciser system has been selected by the Mars Institute for use in Summer 2011 onboard concept rovers for future human Moon and Mars exploration operated by the Haughton-Mars Project on Devon Island, High Arctic. St Paul (PRWEB) December 4, 2010 The KEFTY Company announces today that its revolutionary home exerciser system has been selected by the Mars Institute for use in Summer 2011 onboard concept rovers for future human Moon...

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2010-11-15 09:00:00

Two U.S. scientists have proposed a unique and somewhat controversial solution to the challenges presented by a potential mission to Mars--they suggest making it a one-way trip. In their article "To Boldly Go: A One-Way Human Mission To Mars," which has been published in the latest edition of the Journal of Cosmology, authors Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University and Paul Davies of Arizona State University propose that nixing a return flight "would cut the costs several fold but...

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2010-11-09 12:40:00

About eight months before the NASA rover Curiosity touches down on Mars in August 2012, the mission's science measurements will begin much closer to Earth. The Mars Science Laboratory mission's Radiation Assessment Detector, or RAD, will monitor naturally occurring radiation that can be unhealthful if absorbed by living organisms. It will do so on the surface of Mars, where there has never before been such an instrument, as well as during the trip between Mars and Earth. RAD's measurements on...

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2010-10-20 08:40:00

Proposal would cut costs dramatically, ensure long-term commitment For the chance to watch the sun rise over Olympus Mons, or maybe take a stroll across the vast plains of the Vastitas Borealis, would you sign on for a one-way flight to Mars? It's a question that gives pause to even Dirk Schulze-Makuch, a Washington State University associate professor, who, with colleague Paul Davies, a physicist and cosmologist from Arizona State University, argues for precisely such a one-way manned...

2010-10-05 09:00:00

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's mission to investigate the mystery of how Mars lost much of its atmosphere passed a critical milestone on October 4, 2010. NASA has given approval for the development and 2013 launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Clues on the Martian surface, such as features resembling dry...

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2010-08-19 10:05:00

A manned space flight to Mars could be so exhausting that a crew of 30- to 50-year-old astronauts might return from their voyage with the muscular structure of men and women up to 50-years their senior, according to a new study published online in The Journal of Physiology.A team of researchers, led by Marquette University biology professor Robert Fitts, studied tissue samples from nine American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts who spent approximately half a year living on board the...

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2010-08-18 11:15:00

Astronaut muscles waste away on long space flights reducing their capacity for physical work by more than 40%, according to research published online in the Journal of Physiology. This is the equivalent of a 30- to 50-year-old crew member's muscles deteriorating to that of an 80-year-old. The destructive effects of extended weightlessness to skeletal muscle "“ despite in-flight exercise "“ pose a significant safety risk for future manned missions to Mars and elsewhere in the...

2010-06-03 17:13:00

HOUSTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ever wondered what it would be like to go on a mission to Mars? On June 3, a six-man international crew entered an isolation chamber in Moscow for a simulated 520-day Mars mission conducted by the State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation - Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The crew has a mission schedule full of more than 90 experiments and realistic scenarios, including emergency situations,...