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Here to Stay: Designing for Psychological Well-Being for Long Duration Stays on Moon and Mars

BySheryl L. Bishop

A broad spectrum of social psychological and behavioral research has contributed to the emerging realization that many of the negative psychological factors of long duration Moon/Mars missions (e.g., prolonged isolation, confinement, exposure to unpredictable and unknown extreme environment, reliance on closed loop environmental system) could be mitigated by designing habitats that thoughtfully countered some of these impacts. The intersection of psychology and psychosocial factors with habitat design allows us to implement psychological support in non-intrusive, holistic environmental modalities that are preventive in orientation rather than palliative.