Real Martians Moment: Space Station Crew Talks Mars | Summary and Q&A

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September 22, 2015
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Real Martians Moment: Space Station Crew Talks Mars

TL;DR

Astronauts on the International Space Station discuss the challenges and similarities between living in space and a potential mission to Mars.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How does living on the International Space Station prepare astronauts for a mission to Mars?

Living on the ISS simulates the duration and life support systems required for a Mars mission, providing valuable experience for astronauts.

Q: How does the psychology of being in space differ from a crew going to Mars?

In space, astronauts can see Earth and experience different time cycles, while a Mars crew will constantly be in sunlight and feel isolated.

Q: What will be the biggest personal challenge for a crew going to Mars?

The inability to leave and the absence of quick communication with people on Earth will make it challenging for the crew on a deep space mission.

Q: How adaptable is the human brain and psychology in the face of the challenges of a long-duration space mission?

The human brain is remarkably adaptable and can normalize to new conditions, allowing astronauts to cope with challenges such as delayed communication.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Astronauts on the International Space Station believe that their time on board serves as a good analog for the challenges of a mission to Mars, considering the duration of the trip and the life support system required.

  • The psychology of being in space differs as astronauts constantly see the Earth from the ISS, while a crew going to Mars will face long stretches of being in sunlight and feeling isolated.

  • The biggest personal challenge for a crew going to Mars is not being able to leave and experiencing a time delay in communication with people on Earth. Adaptability of the human brain is crucial in coping with these challenges.

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