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On Orbit and Beyond: Psychological Perspectives on Human Spaceflight
Vakoch, Douglas A.
ISBN 13: 
9783642305825
ISBN 10: 
3642305822
Category: 
Aviation & Space Medicine
Edition: 
1
Publisher: 
Springer
Format: 
Cloth
Status: 
Active
Imprint: 
Springer
Affiliation: 
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco & SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA
Audience: 
Professional
Dimensions: 
9.25 x 1.0 x 6.1 in
Pages: 
317
Weight: 
14.6
Retail Price: 
179.99
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Synopsis:
The essays contained in this volume provide an overview and synthesis of some of the key issues in the psychology of space exploration, including conflict management and cross-cultural issues Deeply engages the history of the psychology of space exploration Essays written by leaders in the field of space psychology As we stand poised on the verge of a new era of spaceflight, we must rethink every element, including the human dimension. This book explores some of the contributions of psychology to yesterday's great space race, today's orbiter and International Space Station missions, and tomorrow's journeys beyond Earth's orbit. Early missions into space were typically brief, and crews were small, often drawn from a single nation. As international cooperation in space exploration has increased over the decades, the challenges of communicating across cultural boundaries and dealing with interpersonal conflicts have become all the more important, requiring different coping skills and sensibilities than "the right stuff" expected of early astronauts. As astronauts travel to asteroids or establish a permanent colony on the Moon, with the eventual goal of reaching Mars, the duration of expeditions will increase markedly, as will the psychosocial stresses. Away from their home planet for extended times, future spacefarers will need to be increasingly self-sufficient, while simultaneously dealing with the complexities of heterogeneous, multicultural crews. "On Orbit and Beyond: Psychological Perspectives on Human Spaceflight," the second, considerably expanded edition of "Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective," provides an analysis of these and other challenges facing future space explorers while at the same time presenting new empirical research on topics ranging from simulation studies of commercial spaceflights to the psychological benefits of viewing Earth from space. This second edition inclu

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