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What's your design for a long duration space flight environment?
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18 months ago
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We exist in an exciting moment for manned space exploration as the first manned mission to Mars looms closer. As one would expect, there are many difficulties associated with a mission of this duration, and many of those problems are being addressed in new and creative ways. As technology continues to progress, we as a species are capable of things that were unimaginable a few generations ago. But even with all of our advances, there are some problems that are still awaiting solutions.

NASA conducts a rigorous screening process when selecting astronauts to ensure that there is a minimal chance of problems arising during a mission, but what will soon be attempted, a long term mission beyond Low Earth Orbit, is something for which we have limited experience. Liberal estimates for the duration of a journey to Mars vary from 12 to 32 months. Though there may be five to seven crew members on the trip, that much time in an isolated environment with a limited number of people with whom to interact may have unforeseen psychological effects. Which brings us to our big question.

How can we minimize the psychological st