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Mock Moon Flight Experiment Begins in Russia

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Six volunteers from Russia and the United States locked themselves up for four months on Tuesday (March 19) for a space experiment ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing.

Three males and three females are participating in the SIRIUS-19 isolation study, in which they will live, work and research in isolation from the rest of the world.

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Through Virtual Reality conditions, the volunteers will dock with the space station, land on the moon and even perform a few moon walks.

The goal of the joint project by NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) and Russia's Institute for Biomedical Problems is to test the psychological risks of a long-term isolation, project researchers said.

All crew members will be closely monitored throughout the experiment to assess the impact of isolation on stress levels, hormone regulation, immunity and sleep.

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