|Human senses - drivers for astronaut mental well-being in space exploration
|Sarah Halpin, Author
|ISU Individual Project
|Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2019
|1 electronic resource (v, 36 p.) / col. ill.
|Includes bibliographical references
|There are numerous potential psychological stressors present when working and living in space (isolation, duration away from home, monotony, etc.). Providing support in the case of psychological crisis is significantly more challenging to provide than if Earth side (e.g. speed of access to facilities). One such potential psychological stressor present is the sensory experience of the space environment. It could be argued that space missions encompass sensory deprivation, by the sheer lack of contact with Earth based nature. This work aimed to examine what effects these experiences may have on human well being by evaluating current literature on the human senses as drivers for astronaut well being evaluating current information available in context of future human exploration missions’ needs. This analysis was conducted utilising a number of literature review methodologies. The exploration of this topic represents a significant opportunity to roadmap future research opportunities/ requirements as to ensure sensory related well being variables can be utilised in a means that maximises their positive effects on in space human populous. Recommendations shall be discussed.
|ISU program :
|Master of Space Studies
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