Astronauts: April 2020 Archives

Coping with Isolation

Message From The NASA Administrator: Coping with Isolation: Tips from the Pros, NASA

"Living in isolation is a concept with which NASA psychologists and astronauts are extremely familiar. For 60 years, NASA astronauts have been in space sometimes for months at a time, in small cohorts, with limited contact with their loved ones on Earth. Astronauts can provide excellent guidance for all of us as we navigate life during these times of social isolation."

- Space Travel Offers Lessons On Dealing With Confinement
- The Parallels Between Space Missions And COVID-19 Isolation

Apollo 13 Reminds Us of Hard Things Worth Doing, op ed, By Jim Lovell and Jim Bridenstine, WS Journal

"As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, Americans can take comfort in our history of facing difficult times with courage and emerging stronger on the other side of struggle. The Apollo 13 mission, launched 50 years ago Saturday, reminds us of Americans' characteristic resilience and ingenuity. ... When things went wrong on the Apollo 13 mission, it captured the world's attention. News of the oxygen-tank explosion and crippled service module jolted the public awake to the drama unfolding 200,000 miles from Earth. Americans were reminded that space exploration is high-risk work demanding exceptional technical competence and bravery. ... No one familiar with the perils of the mission can look at duct tape, plastic bags and cardboard the same ever again."

Space Medicine Research Program Focuses on People Struggling with Confinement - Online resource addresses stress, depression and conflict, Dartmouth College

"These resources are meant to make anyone better at stress management, depression treatment and conflict resolution," said Dr. Jay Buckey, a professor of medicine at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. "These are self-help tools. The individual is doing the work. The tools offer practical things that people can do in any environment." Buckey, a former astronaut and currently the director of Geisel's Space Medicine Innovations Lab, flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1998. Buckey and his research colleagues at Dartmouth, Harvard, and UCLA developed the tools over more than a decade."

Former Astronaut Teaches COVID-19 Management Course

"As scientists, doctors, and governments try to get a grip on COVID-19, surgeon and partner of ES4P David Joyce, MD MBA, and Emergency Medical physician and former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski, MD, are partnering to offer a new online course on COVID-19 for healthcare providers."

The Parallels Between Space Missions And COVID-19 Isolation

"Jack Stuster has been conducting studies for NASA on how crews live and work in space and the parallels that can be found with expeditions on Earth for decades. He has provided this commentary about confinement and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and the parallels within his studies."

- Personal Note About The Pandemic: Be Mark Watney, earlier post
- Social Isolation Tips From Astronaut Leroy Chiao, earlier post
- Things Are About To Get Bad Folks. But Then It Will Get Better., earlier post

More Than 12,000 People Apply to Join NASA's Artemis Generation, #BeAnAstronaut, NASA

"More than 12,000 people have applied to join NASA's next class of astronauts, demonstrating strong national interest to take part in America's plans to explore the Moon and take humanity's next giant leap - human missions to Mars. Applications were received from every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. However, the process is just beginning for NASA's Astronaut Selection Board, which will assess the applicants' qualifications and invite the most qualified candidates to the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston for interviews and medical tests before making a final selection. NASA expects to introduce the new astronaut candidates in the summer of 2021."


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