Romain Charles, a crewmember from France, navigates from one module to another through an interconnecting tunnel. The Mars500 facility is located in Moscow, where the project is run by Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems, with "extensive participation" by the European Space Agency, as ESA puts it.
The Russian space program is no stranger to long-lasting sojourns outside Earth's atmosphere: cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov, for instance, holds the record for the longest continuous stay in space, having holed up in the Mir space station for 437 days from January 1994 to March 1995. And countryman Sergei Krikalev has piled up more cumulative time in space than any other person: 803 days.
August 20, 2010 10:00 AM PDT
Photo by: ESA
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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