Psychological Effects on a Mars Mission|
by Brian Finifter
Likewise, some people are more suited for the forced confinement than others. Somebody who is not carefully screened could lapse into depression and antisocial behavior. The habitat also plays a major role in the mindset of the astronauts. It must be carefully designed, taking into account the affect our environment has on us (such as lighting, communications, floor layout, etc). If humans are to be the strong link in a human Mars mission, we must explore and understand these variables very well. Some of the variables can be explored on the International Space Station. Additionally, studying the astronautsí response to an extended mission stay on the Martian surface can be better simulated and explored in the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) in the Canadian High Arctic, where the geomorphological environment is very similar to what is likely to be encountered on Mars. Utilizing these new simulations scenarios, we are better able to determine the best measures to be employed in sending the best-suited crew, ensuring the maximum possible efficiency, effectiveness, and success in a critical situation.