January 7, 2013
SOUNDS LIKE FRESHMAN YEAR:
Fake mission to Mars leaves astronauts spaced out (Ian Sample, 1/07/13, The Guardian)
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2013 4:52 PMThe drudge of interplanetary travel has emerged from research on six men who joined the longest simulated space mission ever: a 17-month round trip to the red planet in a pretend spaceship housed at a Moscow industrial estate.Though chosen for the job as the best of the best, the would-be spacefarers spent more and more time under their duvets and sitting around idle as the mission wore on. The crew's activity levels plummeted in the first three months, and continued to fall for the next year.On the return leg, the men spent nearly 700 hours longer in bed than on the outward journey, and only perked up in the last 20 days before they clambered from their capsule in November 2011. Four crew members suffered from sleep or psychological issues.