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Mars500: Photos From Russia's Mock Mars Mission

Wang with the Plants

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Wang with the plants.

Mars500 Crew At Hatch Opening

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The Mars500 crew poses shortly after the hatch of their mock spacecraft was opened on Nov. 4, 2011, after 17 months of isolation.

Mars500 Crew Shortly After "Landing"

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The simulated mission to Mars has ended after 17 months. Mars500's six volunteers stepped out of their 'spacecraft' today to be welcomed by the waiting scientists – happy that the venture had worked even better than expected. This image was taken from the webcast originating in Moscow.

Commander Alexey Sitev Reports to Mars500 Flight Directors

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Commander Alexey Sitev reports to flight directors after the "arrival." The hatch of the Mars500 facility had been closed since June 2010. It was finally opened on November 4, 2011, after 520 days of isolation.

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