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A bizarre space mission inside a bedroom

Apr 09, 2008 04:04 PM IST India India

Berlin: Six people are spending the better part of two months lying in bed — all to advance the cause of long-distance space travel. Florian Purtzel, one of the six-member team, is getting paid to lie down for eight weeks listening to music and writing emails. But believe it or not, this is serious science, which is a part of a study at Berlin's Charite clinic. They're simulating a mission to mars, and that could be reality in a few years.