(Mock) Mars Mission Comes to (Mock) Tragic End Thanks to (Real) Fire

The brave men and women living in a (mock) Martian base (in Utah), have met a (mock) brutal and fiery end. After an (actual) greenhouse fire sent flames soaring up 10 feet into the air, our (mock) astronauts have been laid to rest (in their respective homes as they see fit). Goodbye and godspeed, you magnificent… » 1/28/15 1:30pm 1/28/15 1:30pm

PHEW! That Fake Mars Mission Finally Returned to Earth After 520 Days…

The very real six-man crew from the very real European Space Agency finally ended their very fake mission to Mars this afternoon. They've spent the past 18 months—520 days!—locked inside a fake space shuttle outside of Moscow as a simulation. » 11/04/11 10:09am 11/04/11 10:09am

Fake Mars Looks Like a Terrible, Terrible Place

If I was one of these Mars500 crew members who spent over 250 days sitting in a room as part of a simulated journey to the red planet, and this was the best Fake Mars the European Space Agency could come up with, I'd be pissed. Keep in mind they have to go back in that room for another 200+ days after they finish… » 2/14/11 8:40pm 2/14/11 8:40pm

Pretend Mars Mission Nearing Its Thrilling, Fake Martian Touchdown

Rejoice! Six fake astronauts near the end of their simulated Mars mission, and will set foot on Earth, which they will pretend is Mars. It's the closest a human will get to the real thing for a very long time. » 1/23/11 2:00pm 1/23/11 2:00pm