Monday, 31 May 2010

MARS 500: THE REAL ZOOM CLUB!

The MARS 500 experiment to simulate flying to and living on Mars has entered it's final and longest stage. According to ESA 'Mars500 is a 520-day simulated mission to Mars. The sealed mockup includes an interplanetary spaceship, a Mars lander and a martian landscape. Housed in Russia’s Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow, the modules provide 550 m³ of living space'.For such an exciting event there has been very little in the media I feel. I thought there may have been a web cam set up but I can't find one. The simulation modules shown above [wikipedia] are somewhat dissapointing visually unless the real thing is completely different. For some reason I thought it was in a located in a desert? I much prefer the Valigursky vision of modular living, admitted;ly lunar and not martian, seen below from the wonderful 1960's LIFE Man and Space book. Anybody clued up on Mars 500?
 

2 comments:

  1. I know it's Martians on Mars and Venutians on Venus but what are the others?

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  2. Mercutions on Mercury; Jovians on Jupiter; Saturnians on Saturn; Uranians on Uranus; Neptunians on Neptune; Plutonians on Pluto; and drug-crazed, wako, homicidal, tunnel-visioned, crazy-as-loons, bipedal apes on Earth.

    ... and then, of course, there are the Toads ... noble creatures all.

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