. Mars Exploration News .

Scientists reveal jealousies on 'mission to Mars'
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Nov 6, 2011

It was not always smooth sailing for the six young men who huddled in uncomfortably close quarters on a 520-day fake mission to Mars, a Russian scientist has revealed.

The multinational crew emerged blinking from its Moscow isolation module on Friday and was quickly bundled away for further observation after being briefly presented to the world's press.

But a scientist who was one of the brains behind the Mars-500 mission -- an unusual experiment designed to test the long-term effects of stress and isolation -- revealed that nerves had frayed on a few occasions.

"The psychologists witnessed conflicts emerge between crew members and the command team because the work load was not always being evenly distributed," scientific programme director Alexander Suvorov told the Gazeta.ru website.

"Some of the crew members had to do a lot of the work while others tended to play a more passive role," the scientist told the site.

Mars-500 is one of several experiments being staged around the world in preparation for a trip to Mars that Russia hopes to try in about 25 years.

The Moscow test was not conducted in weightless conditions and was designed primarily as a marathon study of what happens when a group of people get stuck in tight quarters for a long time.

The Russian programme director said that no one's physical health suffered.

But Suvorov admitted that natural jealousies emerged over who received more messages from their loved ones -- a problem similar to what young draftees experiences in their first months away from home.

"At different times, some of the crew members received more news from their loved ones, and others -- less. This created a light sense of jealousy," Suvorov said.

He quickly added that doctors were always on the ready to massage hurt egos and douse any explosive disputes.

"We preserved a single team. It did not break up into groups," the Mars-500 programme director said.

The crew's three Russian "Marsonauts" were accompanied by a volunteer from China and crew members from Italy and France.

The group controversially included no women -- a blow to those who hoped to see a scientific version of the sexual tension-filled TV show "Big Brother".

The journey was staged inside a series of interconnected metal tubes that were set up on the parking lot of a local research facility.

Each of the participants received three million rubles (around $100,000) for his troubles and messages of congratulations from around the world.

Related Links
Mars News and Information at MarsDaily.com
Lunar Dreams and more

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Volunteers emerge from 520-day 'Mars voyage' isolation
Moscow (AFP) Nov 4, 2011
Six volunteers from a multi-national crew on Friday stepped out of an isolation module in Moscow after almost one-and-a-half years locked away from the outside world to simulate the effects of a return voyage to Mars. A researcher broke the seal and then opened the door of the capsule and all six crew members walked out in good health, Russian television pictures showed. "The international c ... read more

Lunar Probe to search for water on Moon

Subtly Shaded Map of Moon Reveals Titanium Treasure Troves

NASA's Moon Twins Going Their Own Way

Titanium treasure found on Moon

Boosters Gave Fiery Muscle to Shuttle Launches

NASA Uses MicroStrain Sensors to Monitor Vibroacoustic Shock During Shuttle Launches

Tracking infinity and beyond

Teams Practice Lifting Shuttles at Airports

Campaign Begins For Third Automated Transfer Vehicle Mission To ISS

New Supply Ship Arrives, Departure Preps and Science Under Way

Russian space freighter docks with orbital station

Progress Successfully Docks With ISS

ESA finds that Venus has an ozone layer too

Tenuous ozone layer discovered in Venus' atmosphere

Venus Weather Not Boring After All

Japan test fires Venus probe engine

NASA's Cassini Makes a New Pass at Enceladus

Latest Cassini Images of Enceladus on View

Orion's Belt Lights Up Cassini's View of Enceladus

The Hazy History of Titan's Air

Stalled Weather Systems More Frequent in Decades of Warmer Atlantic

Thousand-Color Sensor Reveals Contaminants in Earth and Sea

NASA Launches JPL-Built Earth Science Experiment

Halloween Weekend Snow Paints a Ghostly Picture in the U.S. Northeast

NASA's Future Up In Space

Voyager 2 to Switch to Backup Thruster Set

Boeing to Build Commercial Spacecraft at Kennedy, Create 550 Jobs

Virgin Galactic selects second pilot

Three New Planets and a Mystery Object Discovered Outside Our Solar System

Dwarf planet sized up accurately as it blocks light of faint star

Herschel Finds Oceans of Water in Disk of Nearby Star

UH Astronomer Finds Planet in the Process of Forming


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement