At a congress of Catholic media last week, Pope Benedict XVI warned that new technologies could cause people to confuse virtual worlds with our real one. Unfortunately, it looks like there's no salvation for avatars.
A group of 6 volunteers just finished a simulated 105-day mission to Mars. Completely stuck on the ground, the subjects were essentially locked in a room so that researchers could gauge the psychological impact of isolation.
Here's the latest promo shot of Virtuality, Ron Moore's latest pilot coming to Fox* on June 26th. Note that Moore has completely reimagined sci-fi once again in that astronauts now wear spongy suits.