Oct 27, 2009

Who Wants to Go to Mars?

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a cosmonaut, this is your big chance, sort of.

"The Russian Institute of Medical and Biological Problems continues to recruit volunteers for participation in a 520-day simulation of an expedition to Mars."
(Biological Problems?)

The offer is open to anyone age 25-50, is a product of higher education, knows enough Russian and English to ensure "professional and household communication" and wants to make $20,000.

What's the catch? Two years of isolation, bad food and all the "conditions likely to be encountered by astronauts on a real space flight," but you never leave the containment chamber. On second thought, this less like a scientific experiment and more like a reality television show.

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