Excellent piece from Mark at Wired UK. Welcome back, fake Mars astronauts! But first an update. Below is the video of the six “astronauts” emerging after 520 days.
Fake astronauts return to real Earth after fake trip to fake Mars
By Mark Brown, wired.co.uk | Published 2 days ago
Photo credit: European Space Agency
Fully … 520 days after being locked inside a fake spaceship in a Moscow car park, a six-man team of volunteer astronauts is about to emerge back on planet Earth.
The year and a half of isolation, dubbed Mars500 and run by the European Space Agency (ESA), was designed to see how real space crews would cope with confinement, daily activities and psychological stress on a lengthy trip to the red planet and back.
Ed: Update 11.05.11: The fake Mars astronauts are safe and sound!