All-women Russian crew prepares for 2029 Moon mission, with the six participants already locked in the confinement of a mock spaceship.
The Russian experiment will last for eight days and will see all six participants subject to thorough study from physicians and psychologists alike. While there is an abundance of mockery on the topic related to how six women can get along even for this short amount of time, the scientific experiment conducted under the umbrella of the Russian Federation space agency (Roscosmos) is conducted with view to the potential 2029 Moon mission.
The all-women Russian crew was carefully selected and is now subject to the confinement of the mock spaceship in order to test both the physiology of women under space travel conditions, as well as their psychology.
Director of the program Sergei Ponomarev stated:
“It will be interesting to see how well they get on with each other, and how well they are able to perform tasks.”
The first Russian female astronaut to travel into space was Valentina Tereshkova. During the Soviet Union time, she spent three days in orbit during 1963. Her mission followed two years after the iconic mission of Yuri Gagarin.
Roscosmos also announced recently that is plans a manned mission to the Moon in 2029. The European Space Agency (ESA) is partnering up with Roscosmos in view of another mission to the moon in 2020, this time unmanned.
As for the former, the Russian Federation space agency also mentioned that the spacecraft that will carry the crew to the Moon at the end of the decade is currently under construction. Tests are scheduled for 2021. It is expected that in 2023 the spacecraft docks with the ISS, while in 2023 it will perform the first trip to the Moon, without any crew aboard.
The mission expected to be carried out in partnership with ESA is a research mission. Both Roscosmos and ESA wish to test Moon conditions for habitability. Plans to colonize yet another celestial body might be shaping up.
As all-women Russian crew prepares for 2029 Moon mission, we must remember another daring experiment performed in 2010. At the time, six men were locked in a capsule for 520 days. This experiment would have simulated a space flight to Mars.
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