Interested in a 500-day Trip to Mars?

… or at least the closest thing to it? USA Today is reporting:

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Space enthusiasts interested in tagging along on a 520-day roundtrip journey to Mars””a simulated one, that is””should apply now.

The European Space Agency is calling for volunteers to participate in Mars500, a nearly two-year-long simulation of a journey to the Red Planet, the organization announced in a recent statement. The goal of the experiment is to prepare “for future human exploration missions to Mars.”


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