31 July 2018
NBC News reports, “One of the biggest concerns for Mars-bound spacefarers might be preserving their sanity, and that of their crew mates, while they’re cut off from every single other person on Earth.” To test the issue, University of Hawaii psychologist Kim Binsted “created a program of realistic Mars-mission mockups called Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS.” Crews of four to six volunteers are monitored as they live “inside a 1,200-square-foot habitat on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano for up to a full year.” Binsted found that “every crew ends up fighting, although the group dynamics leading to conflict are different every time.” Additionally, if team leaders and the rest of the crew’s leadership and followership styles are compatible, “the missions tend to run smoothly.” (Image Credit: NASA/JPL via Wikimedia Commons)
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