VIDEO: After 520 Days, 'Astronauts' Emerge Following Fake Mars Mission : The Two-WayThe six-man crew was testing how humans would hold up on an 18-month journey to Mars. The men never left the ground in Moscow, but did perform experiments as if they really were on a mission.
Fast-forward to about the 3-minute mark in this video if you want to see the moment when six men who had lived together in a mock spaceship for 18 months emerged today in Moscow.
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As Eyder wrote Thursday, the "$15 million project, dubbed Mars500, is a serious experiment commissioned by the European Space Agency" designed to see how humans would do on an 18-month journey to Mars.
"Performed exceptionally well. They have kept together and showed that motivation and team spirit can keep humans going under very difficult conditions. Scientists are pleased at their exceptional discipline."