On Tuesday, six volunteers in Moscow began a 105-day simulated trip to Mars, a project organised by the European and Russian space agencies. The aim of Mars-500, as the project is called, is to study how well humans cope in long isolation and cramped conditions, necessary on any real flight to the Red Planet. Czech researchers from the Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín are among those contributing to Mars-500: they are monitoring relationships and communication among the crew as well as potential points of conflict.
The tragic Egyptian charter plane crash that left 148 dead and panoramic colour images of Mars released by NASA after establishing contact with a US probe to search for signs of life on the Red Planet make the front pages of almost all the main dailies today. Domestically, it's a photo of Czech actress Helena Ruzickova that dominates the papers. Mrs Ruzickova died on Sunday at the age of 67 after losing a two-year battle against cancer.