NASA plans to send its first astronauts to the red planet in the coming decade. The flight to Mars will take nine months. How will the human psyche change during this time within an isolated environment and with limited social contact?
A group of psychologists led by Dr Al Holland are tasked with preparing the crew of the longest space mission in the history of astronautics for conditions no human has ever experienced. Inside a metal capsule moving through the silence of outer space, astronauts will experience a long separation from their home planet, family, friends, the certainties of civilization, and the diverse environments that provide them with a safe and comfortable life on Earth. Psychological research or examples of the use of current AI technologies remind us that behind the technological engineering full of the most precise physical calculations are human beings whose mental health will affect the mission’s success.