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Behavioral, psychiatric, and sociological problems of long-duration space missionsA literature search was conducted in an effort to isolate the problems that might be expected on long-duration space missions. Primary sources of the search include short-term space flights, submarine tours, Antarctic expeditions, isolation-chamber tests, space-flight simulators, and hypodynamia studies. Various stressors are discussed including weightlessness and low sensory input; circadian rhythms (including sleep); confinement, isolation, and monotony; and purely psychiatric and sociological considerations. Important aspects of crew selection are also mentioned. An attempt is made to discuss these factors with regard to a prototype mission to Mars.
Document ID
19720008366
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Authors
Kanas, N. A. (Univ. of Southern Calif. Los Angeles, United States)
Fedderson, W. E. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 2, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1971
Subject Category
BIOTECHNOLOGY
Report/Patent Number
NASA-TM-X-58067
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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