The European Space Agency (Esa) is seeking volunteers for a simulated human trip to Mars, in which six crew spend 17 months in an isolation tank. …The 500-day duration is close to the minimum estimated timescale needed for a human trip to the Red Planet.
…Once the hatches are closed, the crew’s only contact with the outside world is a radio link to “Earth” with a realistic delay of many minutes. …The Earthbound astronauts will have to deal with simulated emergencies and perhaps even real ones. But, while Esa says it will do nothing that puts the lives of the simulation crew at unnecessary risk, officials running the experiment have made it clear they would need a convincing reason to let someone out of the modules once the experiment had begun.
In all seriousness, if Mr. Shakes and I did something like that together, we’d be as happy as two pigs in shit. As long as we could bring along Scrabble and condoms.
[H/T to Christopher Tassava: “I predict this experiment ends in a homicide.” Ha.]