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30/10/2015 08:19 GMT | Updated 30/10/2015 08:59 GMT

Russian Female Space Crew Preparing For Moon Mission Asked About 'Men And Make-Up'

An all-female Russian space crew who are trialling for a potential trip to the moon in 2029 have been inundated with ridiculous questions during a press conference.

The six-strong team have been locked away for eight days in an experiment to see if they can 'survive the experience' of space travel.

However when they faced the media, they were asked questions about... make-up and men.

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Posted by ГНЦ РФ ИМБП РАН on Thursday, 29 October 2015

The conference for the mission which is being presented as a giant step for gender equality, saw the women answering questions about how they would cope without men or makeup for eight days, AFP reports.

One participant named Darya Komissarova, attempted to silence the queries by responding: "We are very beautiful without makeup."

Whilst her colleague Anna Kussmaul was more direct: "We are doing work. When you're doing your work, you don't think about men and women."

The six volunteers include scientific researchers, a doctor and a psychologist. The test period will simulate a flight to the Moon and back, with the women carrying out ten experiments covering psychology and human biology.

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Russia was first to send a woman into space, Valentina Tereshkova, in 1963. It sent its fourth female cosmonaut into space, Yelena Serova, last year.

Serova complained after similar media interest in how she would wash her hair aboard the International Space Station, pointing out that her male counter-parts did not face the same line of questioning.