Experiment

Russia testing all-female astronaut crew for possible mission to the moon

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Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, is conducting an experiment where six Russian women are locked up in a mock spaceship for eight days, simulating conditions for a potential mission to the moon in 2029. The agency said it is designed to “test the psychology and physiology of the female organism,” in the first experiment of this kind to feature an all-women crew. “It will be interesting to see how well they get on with each other, and how well they are able to perform tasks.” Sergei Ponomarev, the scientific director of Moon-2015, said, “We believe women might not only be no worse than men at performing certain tasks in space, but actually better.” The six women, all with a background in medicine or biophysics are expected to conduct 30 scientific experiments and will be filmed and monitored by a team of doctors and psychologists for the whole duration of the experiment.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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