Mars has been in the headlines this week after the discovery of water and the possibility of life there. NASA is also planning a mission to Mars to find out more about the planet.
Researchers at Clemson University are helping to make that trip possible. Professors from the school’s psychology department are interviewing astronauts and studying the side effects and communication challenges of such a long journey.
They’re looking at everything from the stress of the job to the boredom, and close quarters.
Marissa Shuffler says they’re working with NASA to make sure the crew will be as prepared as possible for this mission – and wherever else they go from here.
“Hopefully what we’re doing will not contribute to not just the Mars missions, but to missions much farther away,” Shuffler explained.
Nasa is planning its first-ever manned mission to Mars in 2030.