Space

Fighting the Loneliness of Space Travel

Long months or years spent in space can be isolating, making astronauts susceptible to boredom and depression. Here’s a look at some long-term studies we’ve done here on Earth to figure out what isolation does to people, and how to make it a little more tolerable.

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brian and laura walk around the hab

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Sources:

http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/30/foer.php
http://mentalfloss.com/article/26483/4-bizarre-experiments-should-never-be-repeated
https://io9.gizmodo.com/an-experiment-that-tested-a-mans-tolerance-for-isolati-1503280842
https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20170001366.pdf
https://www.nasa.gov/analogs/hera
http://hi-seas.org/?cat=84
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/08/good-news-future-colonists-mars-meals-may-feature-nutella/278682/
https://aeon.co/essays/what-four-months-on-mars-taught-me-about-boredom
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877705816322792

Images:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:STS-129_Zvezda_sunrise.jpg
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mokuaweoweo_from_the_air.gif
Mission V crew enters HI-SEAS Mars simulation habitat on Mauna Loa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mauna_Loa_from_the_air.jpg
walking across lava
Ansley and Jay cooking 2
Laura showing the bread
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uhawaii/34562993482/in/album-72157682024224650/

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