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    The crew of the Mars500 stimulated mission on Saturday landed on the "surface" of the Red Planet.

    The crew of the Mars500 stimulated mission on Saturday landed on the "surface" of the Red Planet.

    The six-man multinational crew has been sealed since June inside a mocked-up spaceship without sun or fresh water.

    "The stimulated touchdown was successfully completed at noon Moscow time [15:00 GMT]," said a spokesman for Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems that runs the project with the participation of the European Space Agency (Esa).

    On February 14, three of the group - Alexander Smoliyevsky, Diego Urbina and Wang Yue - will descend onto the planet, don spacesuits and walk on its "surface," which in reality will be the sandy floor inside a large hangar in Moscow.

    After 30 days working on the Red Planet, the crew will then embark on a 240-day return trip to Earth.

    The 520-day Mars500 project is designed to investigate how humans cope with psychological and physiological stress on a lengthy spaceflight.

     

    MOSCOW, February 12 (RIA Novosti)

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