Two astronaut views of Mars

Scientists in control of the Mars Express probe, which celebrates its seventh anniversary today, have released a full orbit video from the ‘Mars webcam’, the Visual Monitoring Camera. This has been reformatted by a VMC fan here. The images were collected on a seven hour orbit during the 27th of May.

Meanwhile a little of what the six men involved in the Mars500 project will be filling their time with has come to light. The participants in the 520 day simulated voyage will have a number of computer games to play in order to evaluate how their minds are functioning in the sealed off tube. It should be said these aren’t just random games, but a particular system designed to diagnose mental health problems, which will be one of the systems tested by the project.

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