A female group of Russian cosmonauts is to engage in a moon test mission. The mission will have on board about half a dozen women.
Six Russian cosmonauts will be on board the test spaceship which will simulate conditions of a journey to the moon. This is a singular experience which will be an object lesson in how females interact on a moon mission.
For a period of about a week, the six females will live holed up in a unit which contains many rooms in Moscow. The effects of space travel will be observed during this week. About half a decade ago, the same experiment was carried out with six males. That lasted 520 days though.
Such experiments in isolation can literally lead to nervous breakdowns of the worst kind. The 520 day long quarantine was meant to test what it would be like to go on a trip to Mars. What the effects of a few days of isolation will be on females is yet to be seen. The experiment will lend us valuable clues into female psychology under duress. Their communication gaps will get identified to boot.
One of the directors of the project said that he would like to wish the female crew all the best although the fact of the matter was that in one kitchen two housewives just could not survive for even a few minutes.
"Such a crew is taking part for the first time in a simulation experiment. It's interesting for us to see what is special about the way a female crew communicates," Sergei Ponomaryov, the experiment's supervisor, told AFP.
"It will be particularly interesting in terms of psychology," said the institute's director Igor Ushakov.
"I'd like to wish you a lack of conflicts, even though they say that in one kitchen, two housewives find it hard to live together," he added.
Among those participating in the experiment may be included various scientists, a doctor and a psychologist. The basic issue that will really test the limits of the crew’s patience will be the many conflicts and bones of contention that will naturally arise from being too close to each other’s personal space bubble.
The period of a week and a day will see how these cosmonauts will fare on the real life journey to the moon. Only if they manage to overcome this hurdle of wits can they be eligible for the actual trip to the earth’s satellite.
"There's never been an all-female crew on the ISS. We consider the future of space belongs equally to men and women and unfortunately we need to catch up a bit after a period when unfortunately there haven't been too many women in space."
While Russia sent Valentina Tereshkova, who was the first woman in space, in 1963, since then its leaders have not been very enthusiastic about sending females into outer space. Last year Yelena Serova also went into space.
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But she had complaints regarding the relentless media exposure about her habits aboard the space vessel. The males were spared the verbal questioning and needless harassment. Sending six females to the moon is an initiative that will even the score in the battle of the sexes.