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eilisk
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posted 06-19-2007 05:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eilisk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi all

I came across this today...
http://www.esa.int/esaHS/SEMAJPXXV2F_index_0.html

ESA is preparing for future human exploration missions to Mars. We are currently looking for volunteers to take part in a 520-day simulated Mars mission.

To go to Mars is still a dream and one of the last gigantic challenges. But one day some of us will be on precisely that journey to the Red Planet. A journey with no way out once the spaceship is on a direct path to Mars.

Challenges

These men and women will have to take care of themselves for almost two years during the roundtrip. Their survival is in their own hands, relying on the work of thousands of engineers and scientists back on Earth, who made such a mission possible.
The crew will experience extreme isolation and confinement. They will lose sight of planet Earth. A radio contact will take 40 minutes to travel to us and then back to the space explorers.

A human mission to Mars is a bold vision for the time beyond the International Space Station. However, preparations have already started today. They are geared and committed to one goal: to send humans on an exploration mission to Mars, individuals who will live and work together in a spaceship for over 500 days.


Simulation

In order to investigate the human factors of such a mission ESA has teamed up with the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) and will send a joint crew of six on a 520-day simulated mission to Mars.

The simulation follows the mission profile of a real Mars mission, including a exploration phase on the surface of Mars. Nutrition will be identical to that provided on board the International Space Station.

The simulations will take place here on Earth inside a special facility in Moscow. A precursor 105-day study is scheduled to start by mid-2008, possibly followed by another 105-day study, before the full 520-day study begins in late 2008 or early 2009.

ESA is looking for 12 volunteers who are ready to participate in the simulations and thereby help to support the preparations of the real thing: a mission to Mars. Four volunteers will be needed for each of the three simulations. The selection procedure is similar to that of ESA astronauts, although there will be more emphasis on psychological factors and stress resistance than on physical fitness.


Interested?

For detailed information on this Call for Candidates and for the application form please refer to:
http://www.spaceflight.esa.int/callforcandidates

AstronautBrian
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posted 06-19-2007 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It sounds like fun, but I would get rejected. It doesn't take much to stress me out. Still, if I didn't have a family, I would apply!

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Greggy_D
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posted 06-19-2007 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This brings up a good point. Do you think they'll select single astronauts for the real Mars flights? After all, what parent wants to be away from their kids for almost two years?

spaceman
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posted 06-19-2007 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,

quote:
Originally posted by Greggy_D:
This brings up a good point. Do you think they'll select single astronauts for the real Mars flights? After all, what parent wants to be away from their kids for almost two years?

Sometimes tempting when they get to their teens.(Smiley)

Nick
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tegwilym
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posted 06-19-2007 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funny...I got this email from two people today who thought about me.

I don't think I could do it. I've been going nuts this year with our 6 month Seattle winter - where I CAN get outside, but put me in a can for 500+ days, I don't think I can do it.

Greggy_D
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posted 06-19-2007 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would apply in a heartbeat, but there is NO WAY I could be away from my daughters that long.

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posted 06-19-2007 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FutureAstronaut   Click Here to Email FutureAstronaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would also apply in a heartbeat, to prove that I can do the real mission. Although, I don't think it would be good to miss most of the last 2 years of high school.

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Greggy_D
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posted 06-19-2007 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by FutureAstronaut:
I would also apply in a heartbeat, to prove that I can do the real mission. Although, I don't think it would be good to miss most of the last 2 years of high school.


There's always Space Camp.

cspg
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posted 06-20-2007 01:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This project just illustrates how far we are from sending anybody to Mars. From the pdf file describing the living quarters:
"The facility (total surface area: approximately 200m2) comprises:
- a medical module: it will accommodate up to 2 crewmembers in case of illness, and has equipment for routine medical and laboratory investigations
- living quarters with 6 individual compartments (each room approx. 3m2), a kitchen-dining room, living room and a toilet
- a Mars landing module, which will only be used during the 30 day Mars orbiting phase and
- a storage module containing food supplies, an experimental greenhouse, sauna and gym

Am I the only who tries to imagine the kind of spaceship that will have to be built (and launched!) in order to carry such mission? Utopia here we come.

Chris.

Philip
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posted 06-23-2007 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I guess You're right as long as some countries have other priorities/options for their budgets :-(

Frewi80
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posted 06-23-2007 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Frewi80   Click Here to Email Frewi80     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I applied, let's see what happens next.

Frewi80
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posted 06-24-2007 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Frewi80   Click Here to Email Frewi80     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aloha
I guess I was so exited and missed reading all the information.
My application was denied, it is restricted to ESA member states citizens.
O well, If NASA is planning to go to Mars or Titan I will apply again....

So Philip go for it, you can take my place !!!!!
And thinking I was a Belgiun citizen a few years ago, damn....

Freddy

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