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In Russia preparations for the third phase of the experiment «Mars-500" are in progress. / September 2, 2009 /

The first suit from the series «Orlan» called the great-great-grandfather of all the rest. Unlike their descendants, this survivor has not been in space. Made specially for the Soviet lunar program, he and his country a bit late to the moon. But even now he is a role model.

In the altitude chamber before the flight to the ISS, the astronauts train everything, presented very different «Orlan». For 40 years he has changed.
Gennady Shchavelev, head of the test department of scientific and production enterprise: «This new generation of spacesuits Orlan-M". You see he had the letter „K“. This means computer ».
The computer is in the knapsack behind the astronaut, he monitors the oxygen level, temperature, pressure and even advises what to do if suddenly there was an abnormal situation.
Mars spacesuit designers jokingly nicknamed «the younger brother» in the pack space «Orlanov». It is 4 times lighter, but in many ways very similar to the others. However, for the present Martian walks this suit still not fit. It is no accident «Orlan-E», ie the pilot and was made specifically for terrestrial experiment «Mars-500». During the last phase of a group of volunteers will fly to Mars, conditional and conditional land on the Red Planet, while remaining all the time on Earth.

His suits participants in the experiment will experience a couple of months, and yet feel «marsonavtom» allow journalists.
It is still unknown how long it takes to test and when in the workshop will sew spacesuits for Martian expedition. But surely after a decade and it goes to the museum, which houses most of Yuri Gagarin’s space suit and the one in which access to space Alexei Leonov.

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