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(Guardian)   Russian experiment suggests that a mission to Mars would be compromised by the crew's isolation and boredom. BONUS: Article includes picture of the experiment's ultra-realistic interior of a Mars-bound vessel   ( guardian.co.uk) divider line
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5838 clicks; posted to Geek » on 08 Jan 2013 at 9:15 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-08 10:41:54 AM  
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One thing to remember, is that this test wasn't really realistic: They didn't have the actual goal of getting to Mars. They knew they'd just be sitting in a room with the same people for 17 months. And note that they really didn't have to *MAINTAIN* the "spacecraft". Astronauts on real mission often have enough to do that they complain they don't have any free time, and I suspect that would be true on a real Mars mission.

At better way to test this would be with two missions that had a significant "break" in the middle: Perhaps a few days of "freedom" outside the ship collecting "samples", combined with a major party at the end before they go back in, to simulate the break and stimulation of achieving the goal of walking on Mars.
2013-01-08 09:46:55 AM  
2 votes:
Boredom, isolation, cramped spaces, with the potential for a sudden emergency that could kill you?

Simple: Recruit submariners.
2013-01-08 12:13:20 PM  
1 vote:
All this really tells us is that on a manned mission to mars human comforts need to take up a bigger percentage of the payload than they would on a manned mission to the moon or the ISS. Thats really not much of a revelation.
2013-01-08 11:14:52 AM  
1 vote:
Did anyone think about taking a gander out the window every now and then?

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I would find it hard to get bored of that view
2013-01-08 10:48:41 AM  
1 vote:
Some would do it just to get the "Mars Unlocked" achievement.
2013-01-08 09:36:35 AM  
1 vote:
That's why there needs to be a complement of sluts on board. And weed.
2013-01-08 09:24:53 AM  
1 vote:
Surely it is just a case of developing a psychological test to find appropriate astronauts, you could probably just go through a list of WoW players that raid at the highest level and don't weight 300+ lbs, and they will already have prepared and trained for the isolation and boredom.
2013-01-08 09:04:34 AM  
1 vote:
I'm pretty sure I took a few trips to outer space in a basement that looked just like that.
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