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 Space pioneers wanted for 520-day Mars experiment
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Posted on 06-19-07 11:44 AM     Reply [Subscribe]
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The European Space Agency (ESA) on Tuesday called for applications for one of the most demanding human experiments in space history: a simulated trip to Mars in which six "astronauts" will spend 17 months in an isolation tank on Earth. Their spaceship will comprise a series of interlocked modules in an research institute in Moscow, and once the doors are closed tight, the volunteers will be cut off from all contact with the outside world except by a delayed radio link. They will face simulated emergencies, daily work routines and experiments, as well as boredom and, no doubt, personal friction from confinement in just 550 cubic metres (19,250 cubic feet), the equivalent of nine truck containers. Communications with the simulated mission control and loved-ones will take up to 40 minutes, the time that a radio signal takes to cross the void between Earth and a spaceship on Mars. Food will comprise mainly the packaged stuff of the kind eaten aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The goal is to gain experience about the psychological challenges that a crew will face on a trip to Mars. Four of the crew will be Russian, and two will come from countries that are members of ESA, agency and Russian officials said at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. In all, 12 European volunteers are needed. A precursor 105-day study is scheduled to start by mid-2008, possibly followed by another 105-day study, before the full 520-day study begins in late 2008 or early 2009. Backup for the two volunteers taking part in each of these simulations means that 12 Europeans are needed. "The selection procedure is similar to that of ESA astronauts, although there will be more emphasis on psychological factors and stress resistance than on physical fitness," ESA said in a press release. Men and women who think they have the right stuff can download the application form on (http://www.spaceflight.esa.int/CallforCandidates). The terrestrial Mars-stronauts will not get much glory for their confinement, nor will they get particularly rich. They will get paid 120 euros (158 dollars) a day, said Marc Heppener of ESA's Science and Application Division. Viktor Baranov of Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems, where the experiment will take place, said his organisation had received about 150 applications, only 19 of which came from women. "The problem is that it is very difficult to find healthy people for this kind of experiment," he said. Assuming that Mars and Earth are favourably aligned, with their closest distance of 56 million kilometres (35 million miles), it would take 250 days to get there, 30 days spent on site to conduct experiments and 240 days for the return, said Baranov. A trip to Mars is not an early prospect. The United States has set plans to return to the Moon by 2018 and later head to Mars, but without setting a date. The trip is fraught with many technical challenges, many of which are outranked by the question of keeping the crew healthy and sane.
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158 dollars a day? hmm...not bad! are there bonuses, promotion et al depending on performance? :D :P
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- http://www.miniclip.com/games/war-on-terrorism/en (Shoot terrorist game, classic) - http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/49107 (and even more) - http://www.miniclip.com/games/heli-attack-3/en (Helicopter attack game) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/hottopics/intelligence/quiz.shtml (What sex is your brain?) - http://www.reneereyes.com/Webdocs/tipsgoout.html (TV going out first time tips: fear of recognition: 'A lot of newer girls get concerned they might see someone they know and be "recognized". Don't. I know when you look in the mirror, you still see a lot of "yourself". Trust me - no one else will . . .') - http://www.defmix.com (Defmix are at Turnmills throughout the bank holiday weekend) - http://www.loidfarms.com/boer/goats/boar/goat/gallery.html (goat gallery (should be OK for work) - http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/57690 (Demonic goat game) - http://www.hrfq.com (Japan's newest download site) - http://www.armory.com/tests/vampiric.html (Vampire purity test) - http://www.vampiresamongus.com/psyvamps.html ('Psychic vampires, energy vampires, psionic vampires...all synonymous names for a surprisingly common, physically mortal being who has a craving for and thrives off of the prana (psychic energy) of living things and/or the energy of the universe . . .') - http://www.llewellynjournal.com/article/513 (Psychic vampire protection: 'Long-term, continuous psychic vampire attacks can have devastating consequences that reach far beyond damage to the energy system. Like the host victims of their blood-sucking counterparts, victims of recurring psychic vampire assaults can become--dare I say--psychic vampires themselves . . .') - http://www.mousebreaker.com/games/kickthemanager/play.php (manager game) - http://www.georgiapacificsoccer.com/mls/soccergame.html (Penalty game) - http://www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea/2007 - http://www.freewebs.com/notman ('30% of gardening accidents involve a 'Hoe' according to a poll carried out in 2003 by 'Hortus': 1. All hoes should be stored vertically in a safe place(ie garden shed or bedroom cupboard) . . .') - http://www.av1611.org/rockdead.html (Dead rock stars: 'For their rock is not as our Rock (Deuteronomy 32:31): 5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom. 6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked:. 14 They DIE in youth, and their life is among the unclean. Job 36:5,6,14 . . .') - http://www.peoplesparty.net
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Does Seeking Approval From Others Make Sense? "Peoples' opinions are like the wind in that they have no consistency, so seeking their approval is like trying to make the wind stand still, it's pointless. Of course, when they have something to offer which requires their momentary approval of you to give you whatever it is, then in an immediate sense it matters, but in the longer-term sense, it's not something you can control. Instead, the only person's approval really worth fighting for is your own and it's almost always a long process acquiring it, because of all the negative input you've had as a child whether from (probably) well-meaning but misguided carers and peers or TV. One way to release yourself and shake off the effects of low self-esteem is by setting yourself goals and achieving them, another is to hypnotise yourself into a different stance in relation to yourself. To do this, you should talk to yourself constantly, out loud or under your breath, saying over and over again, 'I'm doing alright, I'm OK, I'm doing fine' until you actually start believing it's true. No one knows the score better than you do yourself and if you give yourself approval then the approval of others will naturally follow (though by then you'll no longer care, because you'll already know you're doing fine - you just said so yourself.")
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Yo BC - Sup? :P :D Man, I must say you have very amusing tastes when it comes to your reading habits (the psychic vampire for example --LOL!!). The last article reminds me of a quote, forgot who it was originally attributed to, that goes something on the lines of "If you act like whot you think you are, you remain what you are. If you act like the person you want to become, you become that". Have a good one. :)

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