The European Space Agency is seeking volunteers for a 520 day mission to Mars. The trip will begin in early 2010 and include 30 days on the surface of the red planet. The only requirements are that candidates must be 20-50 years old, in good health and no taller than six feet. You must be able to speak English or Russian and have experience in medicine, biology or engineering. You also must be a resident of one of the ESA Member States, which rules out Americans, but not our Canadian brothers & sisters.
There is just one catch: the entire trip will be simulated at the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow. It will kick off with a four-month training session, followed by a simulated 250-day trip to Mars, a 30-day surface exploration where the crew will collect rocks and search for Kuato before retracing their simulated steps back home.
If you’re interested in volunteering, more information can be found here.