Humans in Space

The Psychological Hurdles

  • Nick Kanas

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Near-Earth On-Orbit and Lunar Missions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nick Kanas
      Pages 17-30
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      Pages 31-38
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      Pages 39-51
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      Pages 53-60
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      Pages 61-67
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      Pages 69-81
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      Pages 83-95
  3. Interplanetary and Interstellar Missions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Nick Kanas
      Pages 109-117
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      Pages 119-126
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      Pages 127-138
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      Pages 139-141
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 143-149

About this book


Using anecdotal reports from astronauts and cosmonauts, and the results from studies conducted in space analog environments on Earth and in the actual space environment, this book broadly reviews the various psychosocial issues that affect space travelers.  Unlike other books that are more technical in format, this text is targeted for the general public. 

With the advent of space tourism and the increasing involvement of private enterprise in space, there is now a need to explore the impact of space missions on the human psyche and on the interpersonal relationships of the crewmembers. Separate chapters of the book deal with psychosocial stressors in space and in space analog environments; psychological, psychiatric, interpersonal, and cultural issues pertaining to space missions; positive growth-enhancing aspects of space travel; the crew-ground interaction; space tourism; countermeasures for dealing with space; and unique aspects of a trip to Mars, the outer solar system, and interstellar travel. 


Asthenia in Astronauts Astronaut Psychology Homesickness in Astronauts Mental Health in Space Exploration Psychological Effect of Space Travel Psychological Issues for Interstellar Exploration Psychosis in Astronauts Space Psychology Issues Space Tourism Psychological Hurdles Space Travel Psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Nick Kanas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan Francisco, (UCSF)USA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-18868-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-18869-0
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