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ISS Plans Week-Long Simulated Mars Mission

ISS plans week-long simulated Mars mission.

This is the right idea, but to really learn something NASA needs to commit to a year-plus long simulated mission.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • I heard you say this on The Space Show.. There’s currently a 6 month limit on ISS duration stays, and they’ve recently been talking about bringing it down 4 months or even 3 months.

    Bone loss is the primary concern, as you know. They would need to put an artificial gravity system up to do a one year or more mock mission. And it’s most likely not enough for the astronauts just to sleep in there.. they’ll need to spend most of the year in there. Zero-g exposure needs to be rare.

  • Kelly Starks

    I wonder if you could get by with 8 hours a day of zero G and the rest in full G including exercize?

    Oh, and more than just bone loss decays are a problem, immune declines and systemic cardio vascular declines are a big worry to.

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