China and Russia beat us to Mars!
Unfortunately this isn’t actually a photo of men on Mars, it’s the result of six volunteers spending eight months in a series of windowless tubes so that scientists could test the human body and mind against long-haul space travel.
Once the men ‘arrived’ on ‘the red planet’ they planted Russian, Chinese and ESA (European Space Agency) flags on the surface, then carried out some virtual experiments. According to Vitaly Davydov, the deputy head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, ”We have made great progress today. All systems have been working normally.” Well, it’s good to know that humans can still function on earth after spending eight months in a windowless atmosphere, on earth. The most bizarre, and also quite sweet, occurrence throughout this whole ordeal is that to simulate the landing of the vessel the volunteers were simply moved in to the next room. It’s kind of like giving a box to a toddler and letting them run wild, except you know they’ve spent millions of pounds on this experiment – besides, we all know the martians are going to reach us first (there are plenty of movies to back me up) so why don’t we save our money to build martian friendly theme-parks and fast food chains?
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