(ORDO NEWS) — During the 45-day mission, the crew will conduct scientific experiments, stay in isolation and experience the conditions associated with long-term space flight.
They haven’t actually gone to Mars yet, but are laying the groundwork for such trips in the future. The crew of four will be in isolation to understand how long-term space travel will affect the human body.
The crew of four has now arrived at their new home, where they will make an exploratory mission to Phobos, one of Mars’ moons. The mission began in a structure called the Human Research Analogue (HERA), intended to be used as a test bed for a future mission.
The crew includes Jared Broaddrick, Pietro Di Tillio, Dragos Michael Popescu and Patrick Ridgeley. During the 45-day mission, the crew will conduct scientific experiments and face the isolation and other conditions associated with long-term space flight.
According to scientists, the mission will end on March 14, 2022.
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