The European Space Agency wants volunteers; half a dozen people to play astronaut here on earth for almost a year and a half. Volunteers will be placed in isolation tanks inside mock spaceships. (The isolation tanks are only part of the routine, they won’t be in them for the entire time.) Not only will the volunteers be in isolation tanks, they won’t have contact with anyone. Communication will be by radio. They’ll be sealed up inside a “research institute” in Moscow:
The goal is to gain experience about the psychological challenges that a crew will face on a trip to Mars.
So far, they’ve had about 150 people apply. 19 of those were from women.
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