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So you've always dreamed of being an astronaut but didn't want to go through the training for it? Here's a chance for a select few to try their hand at space life.

Ok, you don't actually get to go to Mars and you have to be a European to volunteer, but if you've got a spare 520 days, it would make for good dinner conversation when you were done.

The European Space Agency is conducting a simulated trip to Mars which will involve six psuedo-astronauts spending 17 months in an isolation tank. Applications are currently being accepted for the experiment.

Volunteers selected will be locked in a series of interlocked modules (comprised of just under 20,000 cubic feet) at a research institute in Moscow. Their only connection to the outside world will be a delayed radio link.

Daily life will include simulated emergencies, work routines, experiments. Food will be standard space fare (Tang!)

Scientists hope the experiement will help them understand the psychological effects such a trip would have on a human being.

Volunteers will be paid $158/day. Some 150 applications have already been received for the 12 positions (six astronauts and six alternates).

For a peek at the application, click here.

TELL US: Do you have dreams of going to space? Would you volunteer for such an experiment?

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