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Our man on the moon. The LunAres program, mission Theia II launches. The last moments before launching to the Moon on Earth

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Theia II mission is launched. TVN24 BiS reporter Hubert Kijek lived in the LunAres habitat, i.e. an environment that simulates the lunar environment. In the last moments before he lost contact with the outside world, he talked to the head of the project, Leszek Orzechowski, and the mission doctor.

The LunAres project is conducted in a research center located in Pile (Greater Poland Voivodeship). Its main goal is to analyze various aspects of people’s existence in spaceboth physiological and technological. The Theia II 2023 mission, in which TVN24 BiS reporter Hubert Kijek takes part, is the first part of the year-round program. There are six “astronauts” from Poland, Germany and Mexico in the habitat. Our reporter acts as the communications officer and will cover the expedition until February 18 with almost no contact with the outside world. We will be able to follow life in the base in the program “Our Man on the Moon”.

“Everyone is trained”

– We are ready, everyone is trained – said Leszek Orzechowski, director of the LunAres habitat shortly before the launch. Previously, the mission participants had undergone a three-day training. As Orzechowski, interviewed by Kijek, admitted, three days for “the crew to get to know each other, that is, to understand who you will be locked up with, is very little time.”

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He said that the tasks during the training were based on the mission participants getting to know the environment in which they would be staying for the next few days, “the entire infrastructure, how to operate it, how to move around here and how to perform experiments”. On the second day, Hubert Kijek passed the test of the so-called space walk. The head of the project added that such walks during the “lunar” isolation are performed every other day. On the third day, medical experiments were planned, as well as strength training.

Project LunAres. The last moments before the start of Theia II missionTVN24 BiS

What about the human body

Dr. Aleksander Waśniowski, the doctor of the mission, spoke about how being locked up in such an environment can affect the human body. – It is difficult for me to say whether it is possible to prepare for any experiment at all, but we try to ensure that the “astronauts” on board are properly prepared physically, mentally and psychologically – he said. – My task, for several dozen missions, is to ensure that they run safely and that there are as many take-offs as landings. After pre-flight screening of the astronauts, I will be monitoring their health remotely for the entire two weeks after lockdown, he explained.

According to Waśniowski, during previous missions in which he was involved, there were “various crisis situations”. “We had to deal with them on a regular basis. Fortunately, in the end it turned out that everyone is safe and sound, but some situations were difficult to predict. We had to withdraw some of them from the mission, others were treated on board remotely, even isolated – he said.

– What we study in LunAres are human-human interactions, as well as immunity and the impact of isolation on humans, but also the microbiome, i.e. how our bacterial flora changes – he explained. – From previous experience, we know that after two weeks there were sleep disorders, fluid intake, people drank less, but we did not have any serious health problems in the astronauts, which makes us very happy – he added.

What challenges will Hubert Kijek face during the LunAres mission? We will follow the course of his visit to the “extraterrestrial” base in the series “Our Man on the Moon” on TVN24 BiS and tvnmeteo.pl.

"Our man on the moon" - program trailer

“Our Man in the Moon” – trailer of the programTVN24 BiS

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