Astronauts Mentally Drained After More Than A Year of Isolation
Simulated Mars mission required six men to be confined to a small space for 520 days. With only two more months to go, the crew is suffering the effects of the confinement.
Six men have been isolated together since June 2010 in a simulated mission to Mars. With only two months left in the experiment, researchers point out that the crew is exhausted and ‘mentally drained.’ The experiment is being conducted in Moscow, Russia and tries to simulate 520 days in space, the length of time it takes to orbit Mars.
For over a year now, the men have been confined in a small space and are constantly being watched and monitored by a team of researchers and scientists. They were given 105 research assignments and most of the tasks have been completed already. With little work left to be done, the men are finding it even harder to keep themselves occupied for the remaining two months.
Peter Graef of DRL, the German space agency that is assisting with the project, told press that the men ‘want to finally see their families and the sun again’, also adding that the ‘bare environment is getting even more monotonous.’