Friday photo: Welcome to Mars

Journalists watch on February 18, 2011 a mock walk on Mars of volunteers of the Mars500 experiment, Van Yue of China and Alexander Smoleyevsky of Russia, at the Korolev Space Mission Control Center outside Moscow. Two members of a group of volunteers isolated from the outside world for eight months stepped out on a mock-up ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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Journalists watch on February 18, 2011 a mock walk on Mars of volunteers of the Mars500 experiment, Van Yue of China and Alexander Smoleyevsky of Russia, at the Korolev Space Mission Control Center outside Moscow. Two members of a group of volunteers isolated from the outside world for eight months stepped out on a mock-up of Mars, half-way through their experiment to study the effects of a Red Planet mission. The men's first steps were relayed to the Russian control center that monitors real space missions, as part of an experiment organized by the European Space Agency and Moscow's institute of biomedical problems.

Journalists watch on February 18, 2011 a mock walk on Mars of volunteers of the Mars500 experiment, Van Yue of China and Alexander Smoleyevsky of Russia, at the Korolev Space Mission Control Center outside Moscow. Two members of a group of volunteers isolated from the outside world for eight months stepped out on a mock-up of Mars, half-way through their experiment to study the effects of a Red Planet mission. The men’s first steps were relayed to the Russian control center that monitors real space missions, as part of an experiment organized by the European Space Agency and Moscow’s institute of biomedical problems.

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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