By Aliki Kraterou
Aspiring astronauts can now experience life on Mars for almost £5000, for a whole month, isolated from the outside world.
Spain’s interplanetary agency, Astroland, has teamed up with holiday website Tripadvisor to create a programme where daredevils would have the opportunity on experiencing living in conditions almost identical to the ones in Mars.
The mission takes place in Ares Station, a scientific space station set developed to simulate hostile living conditions on Mars, within a 60m high cave, in Arredondo, Cantabria, Spain.
Candidates would have to undergo physical and psychological tests before getting accepted into the 30-day experience.
The programme starts with a three-week training session and eventually spending three days in the cave.
During this special experience, the participants receive extensive training, learning how to spacewalk and react in cases of emergency while experimenting on the simulation of how human life would hypothetically be on Mars.
They would also wear specially-designed astronaut suits, eat lyophilized food, sleep in bunk beds- there is even a leisure area as well as a workout area.
The first mission was already completed successfully last month.
David Ceballos CEO at Astroland said: “I strongly believe Astroland can help out by dropping it’s little grain of sand on experimenting how life on Mars could be when we finally manage to establish permanent human colonies there.
“It is the only private analogous experience of this kind where people of all different backgrounds and profiles can experience it without having to be a professional in the field.
“I am extremely happy for all the interest we are generating especially from the scientific community, everyday we are being contacted by really interested, highly motivated people. “