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2010-05-19 06:55:00

Six men are about to embark on a 520-day simulated journey to the Red Planet in a sealed-off module that will test how long it takes for isolation to affect humans. The six men, three Russians, an Italian-Colombian, a Frenchman and a Chinese man, will be locked up in a set of cramped compartments for the record-breaking Mars500 simulated flight that will last until November 2011. The men who enlisted in the project called themselves "trailblazers" Tuesday, saying they were ready to face the...

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2010-05-10 13:00:41

The simulated flight to Mars is almost ready to depart! Selection of the full crew is still under way, but the Europeans have now been chosen: Romain Charles and Diego Urbina. Two Europeans, three Russians and one Chinese will close the hatch of the Mars500 isolation modules in early June and start their record-breaking mission. The full crew will be announced later in May, but the European members have already been selected in order to allow them to visit family and friends before they are...

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2010-05-04 10:20:00

A group of volunteer astronauts are beginning their final round of training in preparation for a simulated mission to Mars that will last 520 days, according to Tuesday media reports. In late May or early June, a team of three Russian, one Chinese, and a pair of European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts will be locked into a 1,000 square foot module near Moscow. The mission, which has been dubbed Mars500, was designed to simulate the journey from Earth to the Red Planet, and will help illustrate...

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2010-04-15 16:30:00

In a speech delivered at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, President Barack Obama said that he was "100-percent" committed to space exploration and expressed hope that NASA would be able to send a manned mission to Mars within the next 25 years. The prediction comes in response to criticism of the President's new vision for the American space agency, which was announced earlier this month. Some of that criticism came directly from former NASA astronauts, who believed that...

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2010-03-22 15:15:00

On Monday, four Europeans that hope to become guinea pigs for a 500-day simulated mission to Mars said they were proud to put their young lives on hold for the sake of scientific advancement. "I want to help humanity take a step forward by improving our level of knowledge," 28-year-old Belgian Jerome Clevers said at the European Space Agency's (ESA) offices in Noordwijk in the western Netherlands of his quest to be part of the isolation study. Diego Urbina, a 26-year-old Italian, added ...

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2010-03-12 08:09:26

A crew of six, including two Europeans, will soon begin a simulated mission to Mars in a mockup that includes an interplanetary spaceship, a Mars lander and a martian landscape. The Mars500 experiment, as long as a real journey to Mars, will be second to none as the ultimate test of human endurance. Four ESA-selected Europeans, Belgian Jerome Clevers, Arc'hanmael Gaillard and Romain Charles from France and Colombian-Italian Diego Urbina, started the mission training at the end of February...

2010-02-03 13:12:01

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden named Robert D. Braun the agency's Chief Technologist, effective Wednesday, Feb. 3. Braun serves as the principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs. The appointment comes as NASA launches a bold new initiative that targets technologies that could be transformational in their ability to improve the capability, reduce the cost, and expand the reach of future human and robotic missions. "Bobby brings expert...

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2009-11-09 12:45:00

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a letter of intent that will combine their Mars programs for the greater goal of reaching the Red Planet, BBC News reported. Scientists and engineers will begin the joint planning of Mars missions, starting with a European-led orbiter in 2016, and surface rovers in 2018, and perhaps even a network of landers in 2018. Both programs share a mission to return Mars' rock and soils to Earth labs. NASA administrator Charles Bolden and ESA...

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2009-10-29 12:30:00

The head of the Russian Federal Space Agency this week announced plans to develop a nuclear spacecraft that would carry man to Mars. In a statement on the agency's Web site, cited by the Associated Press, Anatoly Perminov said the nuclear craft would pose technological challenges, but could one day be used in manned missions to the Red Planet as well as others. After the initial model is developed near 2012, the actual ship would require an additional nine years and about $600 million to...

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2009-10-23 06:25:00

A special independent panel is encouraging the White House to reconsider plans for having NASA send astronauts back for another walk on the moon. On Thursday, the panel's chairman stated that NASA has picked the wrong destination with the wrong rocket. Ares, the test-flight version of the new rocket, is sitting and waiting for this month's lift-off on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral. The panel members said NASA should start focusing on larger rockets, The Associated Press reported. Chairman...