A group of six very cool Russian women have locked themselves in a fake space ship in an attempt to study what an eight-day all-female mission to the moon might do to a person psychologically and physically.

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Russia recently conducted a similar experiment in which it sent a troop of six male test subjects on a mock mission to Mars for 519 days. This experiment was launched in response to criticism of the former.

The AFP reports:

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Despite the mission being presented as a giant step for gender equality, the women—who wore red jumpsuits—found themselves fielding questions at a press conference about how they would cope without men or makeup for eight days.

“We are very beautiful without makeup,” parried participant Darya Komissarova.

Her colleague Anna Kussmaul was more direct: “We are doing work. When you’re doing your work, you don’t think about men and women.”

“It will be interesting to see how well they get on with each other, and how well they are able to perform tasks,” said Sergei Ponomarev, scientific director of Moon-2015 said in an interview. “We believe women might not only be no worse than men at performing certain tasks in space, but actually better.”

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“It will be particularly interesting in terms of psychology,” he said in another interview. “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.”


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