The Mars 500 mission simulates a round trip to the Red Planet, without stepping foot off Earth. Almost a year and a half ago, six men entered the windowless isolation chamber at the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems in Moscow. Since then, they have mimicked various stages of a Mars mission. On 4 November, Mars 550 "landed" at 14:00 Moscow time.

Read more about the challenges of the journey, the excitement of the simulated Mars landing and how the ground crew is helping the inmates survive the experience.

LATEST MARS 500 NEWS

Mars 500 'marsonauts' emerge eager to try real thing

Seventeen months of isolation is over for the six "marsonauts" who have been locked away in a simulated spacecraft in Moscow

INSIDE THE MISSION

ONE YEAR IN

A year in the life of a Marsonaut

It's exactly one year since the six members of the Mars 500 experiment entered their mock spaceship, but the hardest part of the journey is yet to come

THE LANDING

MISSION SCHEMATIC

The Mars mission experience

See the Mars 500 crew quarters, the Mars surface simulator, and the landing module
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TIMELINE

Spaceship to Mars: the timeline

The Mars 500 experiment will be as similar as possible to a real misson – see its stages
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MORE MARS NEWS

Born to be Viral: How to walk on Mars

See a simulator that's testing different gaits in Martian gravity

INTERACTIVE

Mars 500 interactive media

See photos and video from the Mars 500 mission on our interactive timeline
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WHY MARS 500

SPACEFLIGHT NEWS

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