Crew Personalities on the Mission to Mars Essay

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Crew Personalities on the Mission to Mars The importance of psychology in space flight has been well documented and addressed by NASA and other organizations conducting space exploration. A manned mission to Mars has no precedent. The Apollo missions to the moon are the most similar attempts at space exploration, but these were significantly shorter in duration, did not have the difficulties in communicating with earth that the huge distance between Earth and Mars poses, and the experiments performed were not nearly as complex as those that would be done on Mars (ie. tests for life, carbonates, and underground ice). These new variables leave us with unknown psychological and physiological threats that no one can truly predict…show more content…
But his therapist was back in Nice, fifteen timeslipped minutes away at best, and Michel talked to him but he couldn’t help….While Michel was a doctor in a hospice in a prison in hell; and the doctor was sick. (Robinson 215) His personality influences the onset of depression he experiences, as the novel explains “he [Michel] hadn’t been able to adapt. People were different in that regard, it was a matter of temperament.” (Robinson 215) The difference between him and many of the other members of the crew is that he is a typical introvert; he keeps to himself and avoids involvement in many of the issues of debate between others. Analysis of extraverts and introverts shows that introverts’ “negative expectations about ongoing or impending social interaction lead to either social avoidance or feelings of distress and discomfort or both.” (Morris 89) It is natural then, that Michel is not inclined to share his difficulties with any other members of the crew, and struggles to feel like a fully accepted member of their society. His ability to function safely and in relative comfort while on the ship and in Underhill is therefore quite unsatisfactory. Study of interpersonal compatibility has yielded conclusions that express a “need to establish satisfying (personally rewarding) social relationships with others” (Mabry 39) and a “need to maintain satisfying power relations with others, by either dominating (having power) over others, or
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