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NASA's idea of a Mars ‘reality show’

What happens when you stick six wannabe astronauts in crammed quarters in the middle of nowhere for months? A NASA-funded study seeks to find out.

By April 1, 2014


All aboard for Mars, just $500,000 a ticket

SpaceX founder Elon Musk tells the BBC that he's figured out a way to get passengers to the Red Planet for just half a million dollars each and that he'll unveil his plan soon.

By March 20, 2012


Mars500 project gears up for the long haul

This summer, European Space Agency will lock six "crew members" in close quarters to role-play as if actually en route to the Red Planet. For 520 days.

By March 25, 2010


Mars500 sojourners emerge from isolation

Euro-sextet ends a simulated Mars mission after 105 days sealed into a facility designed to mimic a potential spacecraft built to fly to Mars and back.

By July 17, 2009


The happy campers of the Mars500 mission

Nobody sealed into an oversized tin can should smile that much, but apparently these six astronaut role players really, really love their jobs.

By April 24, 2009


Photos: Mars500 project preps for spaceflight

In a Russian research facility, six men are closed into spacecraft-like quarters for 105 days to see how a crew might fare on a trip to the Red Planet. And that's the short trial run.

13 Images By April 20, 2009


Mars500: Home sweet isolation chamber (photos)

Six men have sequestered themselves in an assemblage of four tightly proportioned, hermetically sealed modules, where they'll remain till November 2011, and pretend they're flying to Mars and back.

17 Images By August 20, 2010


Mars travelers return! Well, kinda

Unbeknownst to many, the European Space Agency has been conducting a 17-month mission to Mars, which ended today with the astronauts' safe return. Yes, it was slightly simulated.

By November 4, 2011


When Moscow stands in for Mars

We're still decades away from a manned mission to the Red Planet, but researchers in Russia want to make sure we're ready for the claustrophobic voyage.

By August 20, 2010


Mission to Mars: The next rover (roundup)

Exploration of the Red Planet will shift into a higher gear in 2012 with the arrival of a car-sized, instrument-laden robotic rover named Curiosity.

By August 20, 2010