If we think of space travel in terms of time, getting to the Moon is one thing, but to get to Mars or even further away would require much more time, months, in some cases, even years. Now, leaving aside the many critical issues that space travel could offer, also the only time factor would have a significant weight. We have experienced this ourselves in our own small way, as the isolation during the pandemic from COVID-19 has had a significant impact at a psychophysical level. Try to think of what it might mean travelling for several months and months inside of a basket along with a few people in the dark deep space.
Definitely an experience not for everyone, that NASA continues to study with several experiments. Soon it will take life to another, the space agency is recruiting a group of participants willing to spend a period of 8 months within a structure located in Moscow, Russia.
The objective is to subject the group to conditions of life similar to those that astronauts could experience during a future mission trip to the red planet. NASA has spent years studying the effects of space on the mind and on the body, including the effects on mental health arising from spending long periods of time in small isolated locations and with a social contact limited.
This test is aimed at u.s. citizens from 30 to 55 years who can speak English and Russian in a competent manner. Of course the curriculum must be of a certain level, it requires, for example, have a master’s degree, a medical degree or a doctorate; in some cases, NASA says that it can also accept candidates who have only a bachelor’s degree, together with “certain other requirements” may include things such as military service or other types of education.