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NASA Releases Book About Psychology of Human Spaceflight



July 13, 2011

Katherine Trinidad 
Headquarters, Washington                                         
202-358-3749 
katherine.trinidad@xxxxxxxx 
RELEASE: 11-223

NASA RELEASES BOOK ABOUT PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT

WASHINGTON -- NASA's History Program Office is releasing a new book 
that examines the different psychological factors that affect 
astronauts during space travel, especially long-duration missions. 

The book, "Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in 
Historical Perspective," is a collection of essays from leading space 
psychologists. They place their recent research in historical context 
by looking at changes in space missions and psychosocial science over 
the past 50 years. What makes up the "right stuff" for astronauts has 
changed as the early space race gave way to international 
cooperation. Different coping skills and sensibilities are now 
necessary to communicate across cultural boundaries and deal with 
interpersonal conflicts. 

"The essays give a comprehensive overview of this complex subject, 
providing novel insights for behavioral researchers and historians 
alike," NASA's Chief Historian Bill Barry said. "The data is 
important as we work to send astronauts to Mars, which will mean 
longer missions without real-time communication with family and 
friends leading to increased potential psychosocial stresses." 

The book's editor, Douglas A. Vakoch, is a professor in the Department 
of Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral 
Studies in San Francisco. He also is a manager at the SETI Institute. 


The book is available for purchase through the Government Printing 
Office at: 



http://cot.ag/nyCekB 


For a review copy, please contact Nadine Andreassen at 
nadine.j.andreassen@xxxxxxxx 

For more information about NASA history, visit: 



http://history.nasa.gov 


For information about NASA and agency programs, visit: 



http://www.nasa.gov 

	
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