Six would-be astronauts will begin a 520-day mock space voyage this week to simulate a mission to Mars. It will take place in a warehouse in Moscow's suburbs in an attempt to replicate the cramped, claustrophobic conditions of a voyage across the Solar System.
The cosmonauts -- three Russians, a Chinese, a Frenchman and an Italian -- will live and work as interplanetary travelers, spending eight hours a day working on maintenance and scientific experiments, eight hours at leisure and eight hours sleeping.
"A space odyssey of the mind
" -- (BBC News)