The first Mars crew has “returned” home. Thee Mars500 crew of six complete their simulated mission to Mars, with the hatch opening today, November 4, 2011. You can watch the replay the crew coming out of their 520 days of isolation inside a mock spaceship, which was actually in Russia. They crew has done countless hours of experiments, testing both the physiological and psychological effects of being “away from Earth” — isolated — for long periods of time.
Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today’s Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT’s Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.