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Volunteers Simulate Mission To Mars

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the only-men-need-apply dept.

Mars 237

Hugh Pickens writes "Six volunteers have climbed into a small metal capsule in Moscow as part of a three-month experiment meant to simulate a voyage to Mars. The crew — a German engineer, a French airline pilot, and four Russians — will spend the next 105 days living in a minimally furnished facility erected in a hangar on the outskirts of the Russian capital. The German said, 'I think we are going to learn a lot about each other.' A cosmonaut-in-training who will lead the mission was quoted: 'On the inside, we will have a lack of incoming information, so it's the science of sensory deprivation.' A similar experiment in Moscow virtually collapsed when a multinational team of men and women were allowed to drink alcohol on the eve of the millennium, and simmering tensions between Russian and non-Russian volunteers exploded in a fight for the affections of a female Canadian scientist. Only men are involved this time, and no alcohol. Scientists will keep a constant vigil on the team via cameras erected in each of the facility's three modules. Those who survive more than 100 days will earn a $20,000 reward. The current project is a warm-up for a much more ambitious experiment, scheduled for December, which will see another group of volunteers spending over 500 days in the same conditions. With current technology it is estimated that a return trip to Mars will take at least 18 months." The amazing thing is that 5,600 people applied to be part of the experiment.

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Adequate Reward? Please... (5, Insightful)

RagingFuryBlack (956453) | more than 5 years ago | (#27411915)

So... $20,000/100 Days = $200 dollars, day. $200/24 hours = $8.33/hour. Some people really need to do the math before going "OMG THATS A GREAT REWARD" >> Kudos to those running the experiment. Cheap labor is great.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27411933)

It's probably closer to $12.5 an hour if you don't count their sleeping time.

Hell, lock me in there, give me a laptop, and let me work on my PC game masterpiece for 100 days without interruption!

Hey KDAWSON! Please PROOFREAD your summaries. (0, Troll)

KDAWSON sucks (1165799) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412013)

The crew - a German engineer, a French airline pilot, and four Russians - will spend the next 105 days living in a minimally furnished facility erected in a hanger on the outskirts of the Russian capital.

So, like a coathanger, or what? Or, did you mean an airplane hangar [wikipedia.org] ?

Quite sad. Say, still got that submission auto-accept script set as a cron job, aye, Keith?

Re:Hey KDAWSON! Please PROOFREAD your summaries. (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412045)

So, like a coathanger, or what? Or, did you mean an airplane hangar [wikipedia.org]?

For someone going as "KDAWSON sucks" I expected more biting criticism than pointing out a typo.

Re:Hey KDAWSON! Please PROOFREAD your summaries. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412111)

Actually the spelling is taken verbatim from the first paragraph of the Telegraph article [telegraph.co.uk] :

"will spend the next 105 days living in a minimally furnished facility erected in a hanger on the outskirts of the Russian capital"

I'm wondering if this is the British spelling or did the Telegraph make a mistake?

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27411955)

Come on, at least divide by the awake hours. I would gladly sleep in a capsule for $64 a night. I'll even shower and eat breakfast there for a few extra bucks.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (4, Informative)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 5 years ago | (#27411971)

They earn more per day than an ordinary minimum waged Russian do for a month. And in my country where I could consider myself a middle class person (still single), they earn more in 100 days than I could possibly earn in a year.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412037)

that may be true for rural Russia, but I assure you that residents of Moscow make more than $200/month.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

waldrepdebater (1457783) | more than 5 years ago | (#27411975)

Sooo not worth it... $20,000/100 days = $73,000/year The volunteers consist of two cosmonauts, one therapist, one pilot, one engineer, and two doctors. Any one of those people could make the same amount of money over the same period of time just working in their chosen profession. I can see it now, "Hi there, we want to lock you in a tiny metal box for 105 days. If you stay the whole time we will give you less money than you would have made staying at your old job..." Where can I sign up?

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412051)

I would haggle that my payment be that I go on the real trip if I do well.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

sonamchauhan (587356) | more than 5 years ago | (#27411985)

What poor math!

20,000/100 Days = $200 dollars, day.
Yeah, for a 7 day work week

$200/24 hours = $8.33/hour
A 24 hour work day. Yeah!

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

RagingFuryBlack (956453) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412015)

Both of which are. They're not able to leave, from what I understand. therefore, 24 hour work day, 7 days a week.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (2, Insightful)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412163)

Sleep is not work whether you are lying in a king size bed or in a hypermarketed king size coffin.

Better than a lot of people are doing... (4, Insightful)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 5 years ago | (#27411993)

Have you looked at unemployment numbers lately? Having a guaranteed steady job for over 3 months, making $8.33 per hour even while you're sleeping... Not so bad.

Re:Better than a lot of people are doing... (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412061)

Not much room for advancement though, then you're looking for a job same as everyone else, except you either have a 105 day hole/ reason to question your sanity on your resume.

Wrong perspective or different existance... (4, Funny)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412139)

Yeah, but you're missing something here.

After I'm done, I can add 'NASA Mars Expedition Lab-Rat/Test-Monkey' to my resume!

Now that's cool!

Plus, I get $20,000 USD to move out of Mom's basement for three months...maybe she will get some of my laundry done while I'm gone!

On the other hand, she will expect me to get a job when I get back. :-(

Re:Wrong perspective or different existance... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412435)

Something else to add:

Knows how to say "Will this American stop farting?!!!" in 4 languages.

Re:Wrong perspective or different existance... (2, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412637)

Plus, I get $20,000 USD to move out of Mom's basement for three months...maybe she will get some of my laundry done while I'm gone!

I expect it's more likely her first priority will be to change the locks...

Re:Better than a lot of people are doing... (1)

N3Roaster (888781) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412183)

That's no hole in the resume, it's a conversation piece. A person doing this would probably get at least a few good stories and those seem to be good for free food and drink anywhere.

Re:Better than a lot of people are doing... (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412193)

What's the hole? You've been employed for that time.

Re:Better than a lot of people are doing... (1)

Ian Alexander (997430) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412373)

There's no hole at all. "I participated in an experiment for Roskosmos" is a perfectly reasonable explanation, assuming that they lost their jobs to participate. (I haven't read the article so IDK)

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (3, Insightful)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 5 years ago | (#27411995)

Or they make $73,000 a year. Not amazing money in some places, but a fortune in others. Also it is in a lump sum after no expenses.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412043)

I'm a scientist in NL and 73000 US$ is about 1.25 times as much as I earn now.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412255)

Good point, especially for the Russian crew members.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

gapagos (1264716) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412001)

1- It's inaccurate to count sleeping hours.
2- You're forgetting that your living costs during those 3 months are virtually zero, as you're being provided food & shelter.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (2, Interesting)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412221)

You should see what submariners get paid. Sounds about the same lifestyle-wise, aside from the addition of little things like knowing you're cruising around the under the ocean with nuclear ballistic missiles.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412369)

The ballistic missiles got it worse. They're stuck in a sub filled with Russians. They don't even have the option of committing suicide because their self-destruct mechanism is wired wrong.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412633)

Well, my boat wasn't filled with Russians; as far as I know, we only had a couple of guys of Eastern European descent :).

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

MadnessASAP (1052274) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412885)

Whatever they get paid it's not enough, there packing them like sardines in a metal can throwing in a pile of explosives and a nuclear reactor and then shoving it so far underwater plate tectonics will take care of you before then can find the wreckage when soemthing goes wrong.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412257)

$20,000/100 Days = $200 dollars, day.

Which is about $6,000/month. Nod bad in Russia where the average monthly salary, according to Wikipedia, is $640.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (2, Funny)

ChinggisK (1133009) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412267)

So... $20,000/100 Days = $200 dollars, day. $200/24 hours = $8.33/hour. Some people really need to do the math before going "OMG THATS A GREAT REWARD" >> Kudos to those running the experiment. Cheap labor is great.

Pft, as a broke college student, I'd do it. It would sure beat flipping burgers for a summer job.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (3, Informative)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412299)

Especially if you take a laptop as hand luggage and sign up for wireless broadband... $20k plus 100 days straight to play WoW, hell I'd sign up!

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412365)

So...

$20,000/100 Days = $200 dollars, day.
$200/24 hours = $8.33/hour.

Some people really need to do the math before going "OMG THATS A GREAT REWARD" >>

Kudos to those running the experiment. Cheap labor is great.

As a Australian IT trainee that is more than I get per hour.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

slyn (1111419) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412449)

"The purpose of the experiment is to analyse whether human beings are capable of co-existing in a small environment without showing signs of significant mental and physical deterioration"

Is it april fools yet, or is this the dumbest study ever?

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412589)

So... $20,000/100 Days = $200 dollars, day. $200/24 hours = $8.33/hour. Some people really need to do the math before going "OMG THATS A GREAT REWARD" >> Kudos to those running the experiment. Cheap labor is great.

They also get room and board that whole time. Any volunteers that can completely disconnect from their housing payments would basically be pocketing over $6,000 a month they couldn't have done otherwise.

Cheap labor is great, to those who can do math.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

zarkzervo (634677) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412861)

So... Kudos to those running the experiment. Cheap labor is great.

Isn't this "reward" added to the money they already get? As I understand it, it's not like they are doing the experiment for free. The experiment is their job and the $20.000 is a bonus if they complete the experiment. It's just to motivate the crew to try to stay the whole experiment.

Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (1)

zarkzervo (634677) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412881)

Kudos to those running the experiment. Cheap labor is great.

I believe the $20.000 comes as a bonus to their regular pay.

Only men and no alcohol? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27411917)

Of all the planets, Uranus is now looking especially attractive.

Fist Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27411919)

First Post!

In Soviet Russia, experiment volunteers YOU! (5, Funny)

V50 (248015) | more than 5 years ago | (#27411923)

Such comfort is a far cry from experiments staged in Russia during the Soviet era. During one project in the 1970s, a group of volunteers was strapped to gurneys, tilted at an angle so their heads were 45 degrees below their feet, for six months, as part of a study on the impact of weightlessness on the human body. The volunteers were fed through tubes placed near their mouths.

Well, that's one experiment I sure as hell wouldn't volunteer for.

I wonder if the Soviet "volunteers" were voluntold. Or if they were only told that they were volunteering for a space exploration experiment, not the details. Heh.

Re:In Soviet Russia, experiment volunteers YOU! (1)

Cassius Corodes (1084513) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412261)

I wouldn't be supervised that people would volunteer for even that. A lot of people are driven to contribute to something that is greater than themselves.

Re:In Soviet Russia, experiment volunteers YOU! (1)

Rakishi (759894) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412663)

Soviets aren't the only ones doing those experiments and finding volunteers:
http://www.esa.int/esaHS/SEM1YPVLWFE_research_0.html [esa.int]

You basically get paid for lying around doing nothing while others take care of your needs. For many less fortunate people that's probably a massive improvement from their day to day lives. No need to worry about food, shelter, bills, crappy job and so on.

100 days, $20k !? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27411945)

A $20,000 reward for anyone who can handle over 100 days of cramped conditions with other humans, no sex or booze, and lack if information from the rest of the world?

And they only give released prisoners a mere $200.

Re:100 days, $20k !? (4, Funny)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412007)

A $20,000 reward for anyone who can handle over 100 days of cramped conditions with other humans, no sex or booze, and lack if information from the rest of the world?

And they only give released prisoners a mere $200.

Given what passes for news lately, the "lack of information" is actually part of the compensation package.

Re:100 days, $20k !? (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412027)

lack of information from the rest of the world?

Not lacking, just half an hour behind.

Re:100 days, $20k !? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412033)

Just to clarify, in US federal prisons, which detain people for such heinous crimes as questioning federal income tax laws and personal small-amount drug possession, people are often stuck, while in transit, into the SHU (Special Housing Unit) for upwards of months at a time. This is a small single-man cell which usually has two people in it. It is claimed to be a 23-hour lockdown with a 1-hour recreation period per day, which, when permitted, is walking around in a cage only 3 times the size of the cell. In order to even get this 1-hour of something-different, you must be around at 4am when they come around and ask anyone who happens to be awake at that hour; otherwise you don't get it.

After doing over 2 years for pissing off Tom Ridge, I laugh at the idea of a 100-days in a capsule. Child's play.

Try 120 days in a 8x10 room, with some random stranger, with no air freshener.

Who says Reality TV is dead? (5, Funny)

Mr. Conrad (1461097) | more than 5 years ago | (#27411979)

A Russian, a German, and a Frenchman in an enclosed space for 3 months. Sure. I'd watch that. You'll know they've run out of ideas after someone invades Poland, though.

"The crew...will spend the next 105 days living in a minimally furnished facility erected in a hanger..."
Does that remind anyone else of their first semester in college?

Re:Who says Reality TV is dead? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412083)

I want to see the video of the first failure, where it broke up because they got drunk on champagne and fought over the canadian chick.

Re:Who says Reality TV is dead? (3, Funny)

halcyon1234 (834388) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412175)

I want to see the video of the first failure, where it broke up because they got drunk on champagne and fought over the canadian chick.

I don't understand it. That was non-alcoholic champagne.

Re:Who says Reality TV is dead? (1)

troll8901 (1397145) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412457)

Her name is Judith Lapierre.

Re:Who says Reality TV is dead? (1)

Kensai7 (1005287) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412793)

Yeah, anyone has a link to the original story? Oh, and a photo of the Canadian scientist please! :D

Reminds me of a bad joke....[NSFW] (0, Troll)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412225)

'A Russian, a German, and a Frenchman' enter a Mars Bar [marsbarsf.com] ...

1. Oh, wait, this is going to get digusting.
2. ????
3. Let's just skip to the punch line [303dia.org] .[NSFW}

a German engineer, a French airline pilot, and four Russians -- will spend the next 105 days living in a minimally furnished facility erected in a hanger on the outskirts of the Russian capital. The German said, 'I think we are going to learn a lot about each other.'

My vote would be for the Frog to be goatse'd.

They forgot about gravity... (1)

A Commentor (459578) | more than 5 years ago | (#27411983)

They won't experience the lack of gravity that actual astronauts would experience.

Re:They forgot about gravity... (1)

Mr. Conrad (1461097) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412019)

Wouldn't they experience some gravity? In orbit, astronauts are in perpetual free-fall. What about when traveling directly towards Mars or some other distant body?

Re:They forgot about gravity... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412067)

They would still be weightless whenever the engines aren't firing. The key is you don't travel /directly/ to Mars, you go into "freefall" with enough initial velocity in the right direction so that you "fall" to Mars. To travel there in a straight line would require a massive, totally unfeasible amount of fuel.

Re:They forgot about gravity... (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412087)

If the engine isn't firing they are in an orbit.

Re:They forgot about gravity... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412101)

Ideally one would accelerate half the way and decelerate the rest of the way. At close to 1G acceleration, it would make for a very short travel time too, but there's no way we could put enough energy up there to do that, so any future Mars astronauts will be accelerated for a short time and then be without acceleration until they're very close to Mars. No friction which could slow down the ship means no sense of gravity for the astronauts, as they'll be exposed to the same gravity from celestial bodies as their ship and therefore be in the same kind of free-fall as in orbit around earth, just following a different gravity path. The only option for artificial "gravity" is to rotate the ship so that the centripetal acceleration approaches 1G.

Re:They forgot about gravity... (3, Insightful)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412069)

I'm quite certain they didn't forget about it so much as they were wanting to examine the social aspects for cheaper than actually putting them in space.

Lousy marketing (4, Interesting)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412003)

The amazing thing is that 5,600 people applied to be part of the experiment.

I know it's not much to work with, but people won't apply if they don't know about it. They could have gotten an easy 1K more just by posting here.

Re:Lousy marketing (2, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412123)

They could have gotten an easy 1K more just by posting here.

Mars simulation isolation experiment log book day one: FIRST POST!

Re:Lousy marketing (5, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412177)

Mars simulation isolation experiment log book day Two: Tensions running high between Russian volunteers and /. volunteers over constant "In soviet russia" jokes

Mars simulation isolation experiment log book day three: ???

Mars simulation isolation experiment log book day four: PROFIT!

Mars simulation isolation experiment log book day five: Fighting broke out when /. volunteers found out ships computers were not running Linux, experiment ended, all /. volunteers are dead.

FAIL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412099)

No women, eh? They want to explore the dynamics of long-term space flights, but they couldn't handle their alcohol last time, and now they've decided it's easier just to keep it all-male. Bah -- they're missing the whole point of testing this stuff. There will undoubtedly be women on Mars flights, so shouldn't they try to work it out?

I think Russia's sexism is showing.

Re:FAIL (2, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412133)

I think Russia's sexism is showing.

In the battle between Russia's alcoholism and Russia's sexism, Canada loses.

Re:FAIL (1)

TadhgDagis (1366963) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412157)

In the meantime, the Russian Space program has a fantastic opportunity in front of them to make the Guiness Book for longest running Dungeons and Dragons session ever.

Re:FAIL (1)

adavies42 (746183) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412243)

i'd recommend trying to be the first people ever to actually finish a game of world in flames [wikipedia.org] , but given the crew makeup, it might not be the best idea....

Re:FAIL (1)

cailith1970 (1325195) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412827)

but given the crew makeup

I know they'll be in there for 3 months, but giving them makeup might not be enough to make any of them THAT attractive.

Re:FAIL (1)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412323)

I would have thought they'd be much better off, instead of sending one woman and a bunch of men, to send equally matched numbers of men and women. That, and select somewhat more... affectionate... women than average, that way no-one will be left out. ;)

I'm serious, I'm sure that there are geeky hooker chicks out there who would love to experiment with zero-G callisthenics and who would also be perfectly good candidates for astronauts. As long as the team bonded OK in the beginning, it should work quite well.

Not too bad (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412109)

Considering the per capita GDP of Russia is $15,800 (meaning the average person makes less than that), I am surprised they didn't have MORE people volunteering. There must have been a lack of advertising or something.

Finish this joke (1)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412117)

A German engineer, a French airline pilot, and four Russians walk into a bar. The bartender says: ...

Re:Finish this joke (1)

PotatoSan (1350933) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412165)

Get the fuck outta here!

Re:Finish this joke (1)

ssintercept (843305) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412229)

my favourite punchline ever! thanks for making my night!

Re:Finish this joke (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412207)

A German engineer, a French airline pilot, and four Russians walk into a bar. The bartender says: ...

...Didn't you see your friends hit the bar first? Blind leading the blind...

Re:Finish this joke (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412331)

glad I am not Poland.

Re:Finish this joke (2, Funny)

kyjl (965702) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412371)

What is this, some kind of joke?

Re:Finish this joke (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412653)

A German engineer, a French airline pilot, and four Russians walk into a bar. The bartender says: ...

"... Couldn't you idiots read the sign? It's plain as day! 'Danger, low hanging bar!' Cripes, even the dumb blonde got down low enough to avoid blows to her head."

Before he wrecks himself? (5, Funny)

TadhgDagis (1366963) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412127)

"Working in such conditions requires that a person be able to check himself, evaluate his condition in relation to the crew and in relation to mission control and be able to correct himself," said Boris V. Marukov, the experiment's director and a former crew member on the International Space Station."

Translating Ice Cube lyrics from Russian is terribly complicated.

Re:Before he wrecks himself? (1)

dada21 (163177) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412179)

Wish I had modpoints.

Now Das Efx is stuck in my head.

Problem solved! (2, Interesting)

Musenik (789539) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412153)

Why is this effort treated as being difficult? Pack three indie game developers in a capsule for 100 days. They'll hardly talk with each other, and by the end of the trip, they'll complain to mission control they only just got their compilers working for their games' scripting languages!

Re:Problem solved! (1)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412341)

+1, informative. :P

Seriously, though, if they have enough spare computing power for the crew to work on hobby programming projects they'll barely notice the duration.

Re:Problem solved! (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412395)

Oh...Riiight!

Waddya mean there's no pizza?

Limited information? (5, Insightful)

Mal-2 (675116) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412171)

They should be able to have communications -- just with ever-increasing latency simulating speed-of-light propagation delays on an actual voyage. At some point, bandwidth may fall off, and there will be the occasional bit of "space weather" to liven things up. It's not like a trip to Mars means instant cutoff from the world, but realtime communications would become problematic fairly quickly, and impractical not long after. Their communications should start looking more and more like e-mail every day.

In an actual Mars mission, their communications will degrade in a fairly predictable manner (aside from space weather). Why not factor that into the experiment?

Mal-2

Re:Limited information? (3, Funny)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412381)

Their communications should start looking more and more like e-mail every day...Why not factor that into the experiment?

Make 'em use Hotmail?...On dialup?

Re:Limited information? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412389)

Maybe they are in the 500 day experiment. The 100 day experiment sounds like just a sanity check to see how good/bad things go in total isolation.

And this is why. (4, Insightful)

Eil (82413) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412203)

With a summary like that, who needs to RTFA?

Former inmates have this in the bag... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412231)

Send ex-cons to Mars.... A piece of cake for them.

How dare you Slashdot (5, Funny)

willoughby (1367773) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412251)

To run this story without a photo of the "female Canadian scientist". An outrage, indeed.

Google is my next stop...

Wha.....? (1)

IHC Navistar (967161) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412325)

Simulating a mission to Mars..... Is that like 'Space Camp' for adults?

I guess if I didn't mind two brief periods of action separated by 6 months of sleep, I'd have volunteered too.....

Re:Wha.....? (1)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412559)

Simulating a mission to Mars..... Is that like 'Space Camp' for adults?

Emphasis on the 'Camp'. Learning to deal with women in the crew would be invaluable for future missions (hint: make sure there's enough to go around).

Re:Wha.....? (1)

IHC Navistar (967161) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412755)

"Emphasis on the 'Camp'. Learning to deal with women in the crew would be invaluable for future missions (hint: make sure there's enough to go around)."

-----For minute I thought you mean't to spare men from the inevitable whining, high-pitched screaming, and bitching. It'll be like getting stuck in an expensive hen house. But your reasoning works quite well too.....

Canadian Girl too hot for Space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412491)

Now there's a headline I want to see.

Different cultures + disinhibiting drugs? Bad idea (1)

EWAdams (953502) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412593)

What idiot thought mixing people from different cultures (historically hostile ones, too) and then adding alcohol, for months at a time, was a good idea?

You'll notice the opinion of the female Canadian was not included (typical Slashdot sexism). I bet she wouldn't have touched any of them with a bargepole.

Re:Different cultures + disinhibiting drugs? Bad i (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412687)

What idiot thought mixing people from different cultures (historically hostile ones, too) and then adding alcohol, for months at a time, was a good idea?

The one who put a lot of money into the betting poll on that result.

Survivor - Mars (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 5 years ago | (#27412739)

And every month, someone is voted off the capsule, just like they would in a real mission to mars.

Probably a few intruders too, maybe Dr Spock, Marvin Martian, ET.

Not sure I'm looking for 'Survivor - Mars - Up Late' though.

Strange with No Women around... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27412817)

Here, Fixed it for you: Scientists will keep viagra on the team to keep erected
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