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Preparing for the crewed Mars journey: microbiota dynamics in the confined Mars500 habitat during simulated Mars flight and landing

Schwendner, Petra ; Mahnert, Alexander ; Koskinen, Kaisa ; Moissl-Eichinger, Christine ; Barczyk, Simon ; Wirth, Reinhard ; Berg, Gabriele ; Rettberg, Petra



Abstract

Background: The Mars500 project was conceived as the first full duration simulation of a crewed return flight to Mars. For 520 days, six crew members lived confined in a specifically designed spacecraft mock-up. The herein described "MIcrobial ecology of Confined Habitats and humAn health" (MICHA) experiment was implemented to acquire comprehensive microbiota data from this unique, confined ...

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