Crew selection and training

  • Erik Seedhouse
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


The advertisement allegedly placed by the great Anglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton may be apocryphal, but its content applies equally to those selected for a Mars mission, an expedition characterized by extreme temperatures, galactic cosmic radiation, high-speed micrometeorites and a host of physiological and environmental stressors. The expeditions embarked upon by Shackleton, Fridtjof Nansen and Douglas Mawson almost a century ago resemble in many ways the conditions of isolation and confinement which will be experienced by future space travelers traveling to and living on Mars. The conditions will be different, but many of the problems confronting future space explorers will be the same ones that troubled explorers in the past, a reality that will be reflected in the unique selection criteria applied to those lucky few chosen to go to Mars.


European Space Agency Lunar Orbit Martian Surface Lunar Lander Mars Mission 
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  • Erik Seedhouse
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  1. 1.MiltonCanada

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