Astronauts Return Home From Mars Simulation

The first humans to travel to Mars returned Friday after an 18-month voyage.

Of course, it was all just pretend.

For 520 days, astronauts in Moscow took part in an experiment to study how a mission to the red planet would affect human physiology and mental well-being.

They spent the “trip” completely isolated from the outside world, save for communications with “mission control” and a short outing to simulate a walk on the planet’s surface.

Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, sits at an average distance of 225 million km from Earth, which changes depending upon its elliptical orbit. Experiments such as this will help us understand the logistics involved in such a mission.

Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. For nearly 10 years, he's managed Stranger Dimensions, providing a unique perspective on all matters involving time travel, parallel universes, and whether or not robots might one day take over the world.

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