Scientists who work on the future mission to the Red Planet have to pass more than the scientifical barriers that such a journey would face. More specifically, they also have to come up with reliable solutions to maintain the mental health os astronauts involved in the future Mars mission, which might depreciate faster than we imagined, according to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
“Health in Space: Daring to Explore” is the new permanent exhibition at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and it’s focusing on the possible mental and physical health issues the astronauts engaged in deep space mission would face. The former Canadian astronaut and medical doctor Robert Thirsk, who spent 187 days and 20 hours on the International Space Station in 2009, was asked about the problems the astronauts might experience when spending too much time in space.
“The nature of weightlessness, ionizing radiation, and psychological isolation need to be better understood in order to make space flight safer for astronauts of the future. For when we venture off to the moon, to Mars and beyond,” Robert Thirsk said.
The Mental Health Of Astronauts Is Another Obstacle for The Future Mars Mission
When asked the same thing mentioned above, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques said that “the problem you develop here is that everything is a little bit the same every day. It can be depressing sometimes if you’re not careful.”
The US space agency, as well as others, are struggling to prepare the astronauts psychologically, as well as physically. Those astronauts who end up working in space are trained to deal with stress to maintain their mental health. But Thirsk returned with reduced muscle strength, demineralized bones, and affected eyesight. However, he still misses working in space.
“I miss the work that I did, I miss viewing our beautiful planet from the vantage point of total flight and, most of all, I miss my crewmates. But six months of space flight took a toll on my body,” said Thirsk.