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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

ESA seeks candidates for simulated 'Missions to Mars' in 2008/2009

Want to know what it would be like to go to Mars?
Want to practice?
- LRK -
ESA seeks candidates for simulated 'Missions to Mars' in 2008/2009
19 June 2007
ESA is preparing for future human exploration missions to Mars. We are
currently looking for volunteers to take part in a 520-day simulated
Mars mission.

To go to Mars is still a dream and one of the last gigantic challenges.
But one day some of us will be on precisely that journey to the Red
Planet. A journey with no way out once the spaceship is on a direct path
to Mars.
Space pioneers wanted for 520-day Mars experiment
/Tue Jun 19, 7:09 AM ET/

LE BOURGET, France (AFP) - The European Space Agency (ESA) on Tuesday
called for applications for one of the most demanding human experiments
in space history: a simulated trip to Mars in which six "astronauts"
will spend 17 months in an isolation tank on Earth.

Call for candidates
The Directorate of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration has published the following calls for candidates:

Call for Mars500 Candidates
Within the framework of the Mars500 programme, the European Space Agency (ESA) initiates a call for candidates to participate in three isolation and confinement studies.
Deadline: September 30th, 2007

Call for Concordia research MD Candidates
In order to pursue ESA related activities at Concordia, ESA initiates a call for candidates with a medical background, to fill one position in the next Concordia winter-over crew.
Deadline: July 31st, 2007

ISSUED on Tuesday, 19 June 2007
- See "Download Area" left panel for associated documents in Word and PDF formats -
[4 page pdf file - LRK -]

Within the framework of the Mars500 programme, the European Space Agency
(ESA) initiates a call for candidates to participate in up to three
isolation and confinement studies. ESA is looking for 2 European
candidates and 2 back-up candidates per study. The first in a series of
isolation and confinement studies will commence in the timeframe
May-July 2008. Serious applicants are asked to fill out an application
form, which can be obtained by download from:

Oh, yes, - they want European candidates. Sorry USA, but then you are
preoccupied with elections.
- LRK -

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Before it even gets underway, human Mars exploration is headed for a
political trainwreck
<>. The likelihood of
trouble is so great that advocates for human exploration of the Solar
System probably should look elsewhere -- toward a return to Earth's moon
or asteroid mining expeditions.

Building the Space Station
<> represents a unique
point in human history. Even as it is finally getting started, few
people - supporters and opponents alike - realize just how big and
potentially important the project really is, or how difficult building
it will be. Learning to assemble large and complex structures in the
microgravity of space is fully comparable to humanity's invention of
large-scale construction in stone. In building the Space Station,
humanity is learning nothing less than how to build permanent structures
in the microgravity environment that dominates the Universe.



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