Space travel taxes astronauts' brains. But microbes on the menu could help in unexpected ways

Jul 26, 2020
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I am not surprised. Although busy, the astronauts are subjected to sensory deprivation. "Astronaut Frank Rubio holds the NASA record for the single longest spaceflight at 371 days." The Mars mission contemplates a journey of at least 3 years and probably for the resent of the colonists lifetime. Better information is needed about the ability of astronauts who have experienced prolonged stays in space to re-integrate into their personal and professional lives. Otherwise, the mission to Mars may fail due to a serious decline in the ability of the settlers to conduct interpersonal relations and build from scratch a new society on another planet. After all, we have enough problems with such activities on the Earth.