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What an Antarctic Disaster Can Teach Us About Getting to Mars

Season 25 Episode 16 | 15m 09s

A manned mission to Mars presents a huge array of challenges for scientists and explorers to figure out. Chief among them: how to keep humans sane and relatively content on the isolating, confining, and potentially years long journey to the red planet and back. Turns out, explorers from generations ago here on Earth survived similar challenges that tomorrow's astronauts can learn from.

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NASA psychologists prepare astronauts for the extreme isolation of a Mars mission.
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