Figuring out new ways to train an astronaut

[Crossposted at the Space Trade Association]

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How to train your astronauts [Via EurekAlert! – Space and Planetary Science]

NASA/Johnson Space Center) As NASA develops deep space exploration missions on its journey to Mars, the agency is investigating current training methods in order to adapt to the longer and longer missions.

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As we move further into the 21st century we will have to spend a lot of time on training those going into space. As this article states, “During the Shuttle Program, astronauts trained about 5 to 8 years for a 10 to 14 day mission, with a work-timeline scripted down to the minute.”

That cannot be done for a mission potentially lasting years. Nor does it scale well if thousands of people eventually work in space.

Figuring out how to train people to live and work in space will take some time, I fear. But we need to get to the point where it  can be done in a much more scalable fashion.

Maybe a business opportunity.

Image: NASA