SIIRIUS-23 crew enters isolation facility to mimic deep space exploration.
Image credit: Roscosmos/Inside Outer Space screengrab

Russia kicked off last week another of its Scientific International Research In Unique terrestrial Station (SIRIUS) project initiatives, a 360-day isolation of individuals to imitate flight conditions of an interplanetary journey.

The nearly year-long stint by the six-person crew is carried out under the auspices of the legendary Institute for Bio-Medical Problems (IBMP) under the Russian Academy of Sciences. Last month, IBMP celebrated 60 years of research since its establishment to investigate issues related to long-term human space exploration.

Image credit: Roscosmos/Inside Outer Space screengrab

Fourth stage

SIRIUS-23 is the fourth stage of earlier IBMP isolation experiments: SIRIUS-17 (17 days in 2017); SIRIUS-19 (120 days in 2019), with the stage-3 SIRIUS-23 mission taking place in 2021 and lasting 240 days.

The SIRIUS-23 crew entered their home-away-from-home isolation facility on November 14.

What’s the assignment?

Go to my new Space.com story – “Russia’s long-duration space journey on Earth put 6 people in isolation for a year” – at:

https://www.space.com/russia-sirius-23-astronaut-isolation-study

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