MUSE: Fastened securely into their spacesuits, two men stepped onto the surface of Mars. It looked a lot like a regular room with dirt on the floor.

The Mars rocks looked pretty much exactly like Earth rocks. The stars in the sky looked like tiny lights stuck onto black-painted walls. And, in fact, they were. These pseudo-explorers had signed up for a mock space trip and were still firmly on the ground in Moscow, Russia. Nevertheless, after a “journey” of more than eight months in cramped quarters with four other “astronauts,” these two were happy to stretch their legs. One of them promptly completed his assignment for the day, which was to fall on his face. (The researchers overseeing this mission wanted to learn how tricky it might be for a real astronaut in a bulky spacesuit to get off the ground.) Read more.


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