Mars-500
«Mars-500» project
Simulation of a manned flight to Mars
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520-day isolation completed November 4, 2011 at 14:00 (GMT)
About “Mars-500” project

“Mars-500” project is being conducted by the State scientific center of the Russian Federation – Institute for Bio-Medical Problems of RAS under the aegis of Roscosmos and Russian Academy of Sciences. It includes a series of experiments simulating these or those aspects of an interplanetary manned flight. The main part is a series of experiments on long-term isolation of the crew in conditions of the specially built ground-based experiment facility. This part includes:

14-day isolation (it was completed in November 2007)
105-day isolation (it was completed in July 2009)
520-day isolation (June 2010 November 2011)

News

20.05.2012

The electronic version of abstracts book of International symposium on the results of the experiments, simulating manned mission to Mars (Mars-500) – Mars500 symposium - Abstracts book (rus+eng).pdf.

08.11.2011

New press-kit – "Finishing of 520-day isolation".

04.11.2011


20.10.2011

4th of November 2011 is the finish of the experiment on simulation of a manned flight to Mars (Mars-500 project). After the exit out of the experimental facility six crewmembers will be in observation regime (without a possibility to communicate with media), during which they will pass a thorough medical examination.
Completion of the experiment and the crew exit out of the facility will be transmitted on-line through the satellite. In the case of any questions, related to the technical issues and parametres of providing a signal (the signal itself is free) please, contact to senior Planning Manager of the RT channel Murat Gavasheli (tel.:+79152183354).
Press-conference with the participation of crewmembers and the project management will be held on 8th of October 2011, at 12.00, in the conference-hall of Russian news and information agency RIA-Novosti (Moscow), and we invite media to this event. Here are phone numbers for media accreditation in RIA-Novosti: +7(495)637-5019. The accreditation will start on 31st of October 2011.
IBMP Press-service

13.10.2011

Today is the birthday of Alexander Smoleevskiy. That is the second birthday he is celebrating in isolation. However, as the crew is in the field of the direct radio communication now, Alexander was greeted not only by the other crewmembers, but by all those people who ensure successful conducting of the experiment doctors, psychologists and engineers.

07.10.2011

492th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 72 700 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 399 939 000 km.

30.09.2011

485th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 209 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 400 201 000 km.

23.09.2011

478th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 694 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 399 489 000 km.

16.09.2011

471th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 1 756 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 398 196 000 km.

05.09.2011

460th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 7 486 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 389 690 000 km.

26.08.2011

450th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 17 226 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 373 331 000 km.

22.08.2011

446th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 27 708 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 357 622 000 km.

12.08.2011


12.08.2011

On August, 14 Mars500 crew will overpass point of 438 days.
This date is significant because it is just the same period of time (more accurately - 437 days 17 hours 59 minutes) that our space physician Valeriy Polyakov (instructor-cosmonaut-researcher from the IBMP cosmonaut corps) spent in weightlessness at the board of orbital station Mir. By the way, up to now this record registered in Guinness Book of World Records was not broken.

12.08.2011

436th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 48 158 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 322 538 000 km.

05.08.2011

429th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 63 180 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 303 384 000 km.

05.08.2011


05.08.2011

Information on some of the experiments within the scientific program of "Mars-500".

04.08.2011


03.08.2011


29.07.2011

422th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 76 790 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 284 720 000 km.

26.07.2011

Chain of birthdays.
In July the crew of the Mars500 project had a chain of events they selebrated birthdays of Romain Charle (July,12), Sukhrob Kamolov (July, 14) and Wang Yue (July,25). Each of them was offered congratulations by the entire team of the Mars500 project, and besides, the parents of Wang Yue, Wang Qiangi (father) and Wu Shunying (mother), came to IBMP on the day of his birthday.

22.07.2011

415th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 94 210 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 261 118 000 km.

20.07.2011

Information on some of the experiments within the scientific program of "Mars-500".

08.07.2011

401th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 128 898 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 213 661 000 km.

01.07.2011

394th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 145 509 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 190 256 000 km.

23.06.2011

Lately several delegations from People's Republic of China visited IBMP. Main purpose of their visits was to get acquainted with IBMP activity and Mars-500 Project.
Among them there were delegations leaded by Head of Political Administration of General Armament Department of Chinese People's Liberation Army, Deputy Director of China Manned space program, general-colonel Chi Wanchun, and leaded by Director of China Manned Space Engineering Office Wang Wenbao and his Deputy, First Chinese cosmonaut Yang Liwei.
Distinguished guests visited Mars-500 experimental facility as well as communicated with the crew. Communication was carried out by video-messages.

20.06.2011

Deputy Head of Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Sergey Savelyev paid working visit to IBMP. He visited Mars-500 experimental facility and communicated with Project Administration and the crew. As the delay of signal transfer to the spacecraft and back is imitated in experiment, communication was carried out by video-messages. Atmosphere of this meeting was worm and friendly.

17.06.2011

Video telemedical conference was held on June 14. During this conference organizers of experiment discussed with leading doctors of Central Clinical Hospital of RAS (CCH RAS) the results of last detailed medical examination of the crew.

03.06.2011

Today is one year anniversary of the beginning of 520-day isolation in the frame of Mars-500 experiment. In connection of this important date we decided to send a few questions to the crew to ask them how they passed through this year, what plans they have, etc.
Our questions and crew`s answers can be read here.

03.06.2011


03.06.2011


03.06.2011

Today - a year since the Mars500 experiment began.
Some intermediate results are available here

23.05.2011

Yesterday the crew celebrated Diego Urbina`s birthday.

20.05.2011

352th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 220 580 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 45 642 000 km.

13.05.2011

345th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 219 465 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 38 030 000 km.

06.05.2011

338th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 212 983 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 25 206 000 km.

25.04.2011

Today at 12.00 simulation of off-nominal situation imitating high level of crew autonomy was finished. High autonomy means very long period of time (one week in this case) when the crew draws up daily schedule by themselves as well as makes decisions on realization of experimental program

11.04.2011

313th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 160 485 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 1 606 000 km.

03.03.2011

Yesterday, at 19:00, the crew undocked lander (left him in the orbit of Mars) and took the course back to Earth.

22.02.2011

Took the third exit on the Martian surface simulator.

18.02.2011

Took the second exit on the Martian surface simulator.

14.02.2011


14.02.2011

Took the first exit on the Martian surface simulator.

12.02.2011


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12.02.2011

Today is one of the important days in life of 520-day isolation crew - according to the working schedule the hatch between the Mars landing module (EU-50) and orbital part of the space vehicle simulator (EU-150) was closed at 11.00. And in consequence of this operation the crew was divided into two parts - Mars landing crew and orbital crew.>
Mars landing crew includes the doctor Alexandr Smoleevskiy (the commander of Mars landing crew and the pilot of Mars landing module) and researchers Diego Urbina and Wang Yue. The crew which includes the commander Alexey Sitev, the doctor Sukhrob Kamolov and the flight engineer Romain Charles stays on Martian orbit.
Virtual undocking and landing to Mars were performed at 12.00

03.02.2011

In the night of 2 February 3, the crew celebrated the Chinese New Year - the Spring Festival.

27.01.2011

Call for Media: IBMP starts media accreditation for the participation in press-conference and observation of live broadcast during the exits of three 520-day isolation crewmembers to the Martian surface.
Press-conference dedicated to the second stage of Mars-500 project exit of three 520-day isolation crewmembers to the simulator of the Martian surface and operations on the Mars surface will be held in Blue hall of Mission Control Centre (TsUP TSNIIMASH, Korolev City, Russia) on February 14, 2011 at 12.00 (Moscow time).
The live broadcast of the crew exit to the simulator of the Martian surface will be transmitted to the Main control room (building 22) of TsUP TSNIIMASH (Korolev City, Russia) on February 14, 18 and 22, 2011 at 13.00 (Moscow time).
IBMP press-service performs media accreditation up to and including February 3, 2011

21.01.2011

233th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 79 666 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 7 600 km.

18.01.2011

Dates of the basic stages of works on Mars:
01.02.11 Putting on Martian orbit and hatch opening in module EU-50 (landing Martian module).
12.02.11 Crew separation, hatch closing in module EU-50, undocking and landing on Mars.
14.02.11 The first appearance on the Martian surface. Participants - Alexander Smoleevsky and Diego Urbina.
18.02.11 The second appearance on the Martian surface. Participants - Alexander Smoleevsky and Van Jue.
22.02.11 The third appearance on the Martian surface. Participants - Alexander Smoleevsky and Diego Urbina.
23.02.11 Launch from the surface of Mars.
24.02.11 Docking with the basic complex, the quarantine beginning.
27.02.11 The quarantine termination, hatch opening in module EU-150 (living module), join of crews.
01.03.11 Hatch closing in module EU-50 (landing Martian module).

14.01.2011


14.01.2011

226th day of the experiment. Scientific equipment is in operable condition. Clarification for implementation of special experiments is carried out. There are no alterations of health state which can interfere with participating in the experiment and realizing of scientific program.
The distance between the Earth and space vehicle is 74 587 000 km and the distance between space vehicle and Mars is 16 100 km.

12.01.2011

"New Year 2011" - photogallery

12.01.2011

Update: virtual 3D-tour of the Mars500 complex - http://www.pano360.ru/vtours/mars-500/station/tour.html



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Virtual 3D-tour of the experimental facility
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