The Psychological Hurdles

Nick Kanas

HUMANS IN SPACE: The Psychological Hurdles In the future, professional astronauts and space tourists will travel to colonies on orbiting stations or on the Moon, fly to Mars and other solar system planets, and even travel to exoplanets around distant stars. How will they get along with one another during such long-duration space missions? Even with careful selection and training, will they really be prepared for the impact that such adventures will have on their psyche?

Humans in Space: The Psychological Hurdles is an accessible but in-depth explanation of the psychological and interpersonal challenges of spaceflight, written by an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Califormia, San Francisco, who has been a NASA-funded researcher and written extensively in the area of space psychology. It combines what we know from solid research with a rich pool of anecdotal evidence involving people living and working in space and space analog environments.

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Table of Contents


Section I Near-Earth On-Orbit and Lunar Missions

1. Psychological Stressors in Space and in Space Analogs
2. Psychological Issues
3. Psychiatric Issues
4. Interpersonal Issues
5. Culture and Language Issues
6. Positive Effects of Space
7. Space Tourism
8. Countermeasures for Space Travel

Section II Interplanetary and Interstellar Missions

9. Autonomy and the Crew-Ground Interaction
10. Mission to Mars
11. Missions to the Outer Solar System
12. Interstellar Missions
13. Epilogue

Extent: 149 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2015
ISBN: 978-3-319-18868-3

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