Got a spare two years?
Volunteers needed for practice mission to Mars
By Reuters | June 20, 2007
PARIS --The European Space Agency is looking for volunteers to make a pretend trip to Mars.
The job will last almost two years, the living conditions will be cramped and the food all pre-packed -- just like on the spacecraft that might one day make the epic voyage to our remote red neighbour.
"The crew will experience extreme isolation and confinement. They will lose sight of planet Earth. A radio contact will take 40 minutes to travel to us and then back to the space explorers," it added.
Doesn't sound much different than your average Carnival Cruise....