The use of simulators and “virtual reality” or augmented reality technologies is increasingly common within astronautics. If a few years ago the examination the Russian space agency conducted a simulated mission to Mars (Mars 500) confining six astronauts including the Italian-Colombian Diego Urbina for 520 dayw between 2007 and 2011 in an environment that mimics a future spacecraft and its lander, designed to land on the red planet (were also carried two “Marswalking”, even these two in a simulated environment), now it’s the turn of six Russian lady cosmonauts.
From October 28 to November 4 Moon 2015 mission, conducted under the supervision of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Biomedical Problems (Ipb), simulate a flight from Earth to the Moon and back of eight-day, to test the physical and psychological ability of women to bear on a future Moon landing mission. A fact that, inter alia, shows how even the Moon is returning to be an interesting target for both the Russian space program and for the American one, which by the way is mainly engaged in the planned journey to Mars (in the meantime, however, slipped from 2020 to 2030).
The fact that so many dream of adding their fingerprints to those left by the astronauts of the Apollo program, officially ended with the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972 (although some conspiracy theorists believe that the last three missions planned but then deleted, Apollo 18, 19 and 20, were actually made in secret), is evident from the fact that the Russian authorities have had no difficulty in selecting 10 volunteers for Moon 2015 (unlike that for Mars 500 this time there is no compensation for the participants in the simulation), of which only six (among them Natalya Lysova, already enrolled in the training program for the official Russian cosmonauts) will take part in the simulated mission.
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