Mars landing simulated in mock astronaut mission

275x250.jpg A team of astronauts who are simulating a 520 day mission to Mars have finally 'landed' at their destination… a car park in Moscow

After spending 257 days locked together a steel tube the six researchers - investigating the feasibility of a real mars mission - have 'arrived' at their faux Red Planet.

In actual fact it's a car park outside a block of flats in Moscow, but that hasn't stopped the astronauts from jubilantly emerging amid the sandy surroundings.

The Mars500 team will now spend two days 'exploring' the site before getting back into their metal tube for the 250 day return flight… we bet they can't wait.

During the mission the men - an Italian, a Frenchman, three Russians and one Chinese man - are being constantly monitored to see if they could cope psychologically.

While in there they have to survive on the limited rations that would be available on a mission to Mars, and their only contact without he outside world is via email.

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