501 days in space with your spouse: Could you handle it?

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Date: 3/5/13

Source: CNN

Abstract: “501 days in space with your spouse: Could you handle it?” is an article that discusses the upcoming Mars Mission in 2018. The mission seems pretty vague, but will consist of a couple being sent into space for 501 days to fly around Mars. This trip will be the closest humans have ever been to mars. A couple is being chosen to represent the roles in humanity. Aside from space adventure dreams, I find this article particularly interesting when thinking of Jamer Hunt’s lecture about scale. This mission may appear to be outside of a global context, as it takes place in outer space, but I feel that this can have impact on many different scalar levels. This mission will mean many different things not only for NASA, but what I can’t help but think of is how will we treat this new planet once we start working there.

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/04/health/mars-space-travel-psychology/index.html?hpt=he_t2

 

-Samantha Cooper

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One Response to 501 days in space with your spouse: Could you handle it?

  1. Barbara says:

    Samantha, your example raises many questions and challenges. As you mention, there are many ways to think in terms of scale here. Also (as you mention), issues of sustainability and responsibility.

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