Space Travel Psychology
Mental health remains a huge concern for the space industry, whether considering humanity's eventual colonization of other worlds or merely the price of a space tourism weekend.
No matter how inspiring it looks on the big screen, outer space is a hostile environment that requires considerable psychological adjustment. "You'll spend the first phase of your journey adjusting to a cramped environment, an upset stomach, headaches and space motion sickness. According to N.A.S.A.'s Johnson Space Center, you'll also experience a 26 percent drop in sleep efficiency, with greatly reduced R.E.M. (rapid eye movement) time. In other words, you may experience dream deprivation. Expect to feel uncomfortable and sluggish with your work."
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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