Thursday, 6 March 2014
Astronauts and Authors
So what type of person is psychologically fit to go into space?
Apparently those who can live in relative isolation, endure living on canned food, showering once a week in accommodation consisting of four interconnected "habitat modules," comprising a 72-square-meter space comprising six individual compartments for the crew members (each with a bed, desk, chair, and shelves); a kitchen-dining room; a living room; the main control room; and a toilet with little communication with the outside world.
It appears the most worrying aspect is how astronauts en route to the Red Planet will handle psyche-crushing boredom, not to mention spend the vast majority of their time in weightless conditions, literally millions of miles from home, stuck in a tiny compartment, with no possibility of leaving.
Well this is a no brainer - an author of course. This sounds like bliss to me - no interruptions, perfect peace and quiet, floating in a gravity-free zone with easily prepared food and drink on tap with my laptop and a pile of research books.
I'm signing up - anyone like to join me?