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Watch: Astronauts Reach 'Mars', Take Walk


The 520-day Mars simulation mission undertaken by six astronauts reached its halfway point on Monday, as two of the researchers, who have been isolated for more than 240 days so far, took their first steps on the simulated red planet.

MSNBC reports:

The idea is to mimic the timescale of a manned Mars flight — 250 days for the actual flight, 30 days in Martian orbit and on the surface, and then 240 days for the long return back to Earth. During the whole time, the crew members are shuttling through imaginary space and have limited contact with the rest of the world.

Russia's mission control center, which monitors real-life spaceflights, broadcast live footage of Russian Alexander Smoleyevsky and Italian-Colombian Diego Urbina trudging awkwardly under the weight of their 70-pound (32-kilogram) spacesuits through a dark, sand-filled and rock-strewn room meant to imitate Mars' Gusev Crater. The area has been nicknamed "Gusev Base."

Watch Russia Today's report and footage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Looks like a Nine Inch Nails video.

    Posted by: TacoTacoTuesday | Feb 15, 2011 10:34:17 AM

  2. When I think of how we walked away from space exploation and colonizing the planets ... I weep over the lack of intelligence and imagination of our 'leaders.'

    Posted by: Bob | Feb 15, 2011 11:16:49 AM

  3. This is about as real as the so-called walk on the moon.

    Posted by: fred | Feb 15, 2011 1:10:04 PM

  4. This sounds like the plot for Twilight Zone episode.

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 15, 2011 5:57:55 PM

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