NASA draws up blueprints for a deep-space mission simulator Popular Science

On August 27, Mars will be closer to Earth than at any point in the past 73,000 years. That’s good news for amateur astronomers, but it won’t make a manned mission to the Red Planet any easier. For that, NASA has earmarked an initial $2 million to build the Integrated Human Exploration Mission Simulation Facility, dubbed Integrity, at Houston’s Johnson Space Center.