Scientists conduct a 17-months Mars simulation exercise

November 5th, 2011 - 12:30 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Nov 4 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists are still investigating life on Mars. In a bid to further understand the planet which bears the closest resemblance to earth in the Solar System, European Space Agency scientists conducted a 17-month simulation exercise to determine the effect that a mission to the Red Planet will have on the body among other things.

The simulation was conducted by the European Space Agency and it involved three Russians, two other European nationals and a Chinese. They were isolated in a capsule and they remained in the specially made device for a total of 520 days. After the period, they have emerged from their enclosure.

Scientists believe that a real trip to Mars is possible within the next two decades. The scientists say the effect that the simulation had on the bodies of the men is similar to what should be expected after a real trip. There are several risks involved in making a trip to Mars. Scientists place the risk of radiation exposure as the highest risk involved in making such a trip.

The simulation took place at a location in the Russian capital of Moscow. The capsule never moved and analysts say the effect cannot be the same compared to really being in Mars where the option of quitting is eliminated.

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