This is 31-year-old automotive industry engineer Romain Charles in the "control room." The simulated mission has three main phases: 250 days in transit to Mars; 30 days for surface operations, during which time three crewmembers move to the Martian surface simulator; and 240 days for the return trip to Earth.
Here are the milestone dates:
June 3, 2010: Depart from Earth
June 14, 2010: Depart from Earth orbit
July 11, 2010: Begin transfer flight to Mars
December 18, 2010: Arrive in Mars orbit
January 27, 2011: Land on Mars and begin surface operations on Mars
March 8, 2011: End surface operations and return to main ship
April 17, 2011: Begin return trip to Earth
September 24, 2011: Return to Earth orbit
November 6, 2011: Land on Earth and emerge from isolation.
August 20, 2010 10:00 AM PDT
Photo by: ESA
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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