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Would be left for occupants to eat sleep, work and relaxing. That's the equivalent of living in an RV and NASA intends to have four people share it. With such sub optimal conditions, squabbling is inevitable. NASA has run simulations in which volunteers go into extended periods of isolation with strangers. Meanwhile, researchers tracked the group's behaviors and moves. The findings have never been promising. According to psychologist Kim been stead. The most functional teams were made up of like minded people. Authoritative leaders paired with authoritarian subordinates or a collective working together without a clear hierarchy. At, the end of the day there was no one ideal way to structure the group just so long as everyone had a similar working style. But no matter how like minded they were, each group fell apart due to fighting in resentment after about six months. That time period seems to be a hard upper limit on peaceful coexistence with any isolated social circle. Arctic researchers and submarine crews intentionally keep their missions shorter than six months. They know that at that point. Social Cohesion starts to fracture. which is a big problem when any Martian mission will be fifty percent longer than that six month breaking point. And once they land, the passengers will still be stuck together as colonists, or if it's just a quick visit, they'll end up spending another nine months on the return trip. There's simply no way to shorten the trip or mix up the group. All that space agencies could do is try to mitigate interpersonal conflict from a distance. To better identify the stressors of a Mars mission, NASA launched the Hawaii space exploration analog in simulation or high seas in the spring of two thousand thirteen. The program ran several simulations in which six ordinary volunteers many with no formal astronaut or survival training lived. Incomplete is solution with their team. These missions lasted anywhere between four months to a year. They stayed in a contained habitation unit on Hawaii's Manoa volcano, the desolate terrain is dotted with ruddy. Ignatius rocks it looks a lot like the Martian surface. In fact, every part of the high seas experience was meant to emulate life. On Mars the habitation had solar panels to generate all its electricity and residents were expected to ration their water and power usage when necessary. If anyone needed to leave the unit, they had to wear a full spacesuit, and before they could set foot outside. They had to spend five minutes in the habitations atrium, simulating the five minutes. A real pressure chamber would need on Mars. The residents had limited contact with their friends and family members, phone calls and video chats had built in twenty minute delay just as they would on the Red Planet, and if someone had to leave the habitation, say for a medical emergency, the remaining participants acted as though they're companion had died. Gene who we discussed in the teaser isn't the only person who's needed to abruptly depart high-seas. In two thousand eighteen, the sixth high-seas mission met with disaster only a few days after it began. The troubles appeared on February nineteenth when the units power went out after a few cloudy days, the habitation had switched from using solar energy to a gas generator. Eventually, it ran out of fuel. Someone needed to go outside and connect the secondary propane generator and science communicator Lisa. Stojanovski quickly agreed to the chore. So far is. She knew the repair went off without a hitch. Returned to the habitation unit and removed her spacesuit. The lights were on, and everything seemed to be back to normal well almost everything. Stojanovski crewmate, whom we will call gene was Pale and shivering. Apparently gene had been holding livewires in his hands at the same time Stojanovski rebooted the power. He'd been electrocuted. It was immediately obvious to Stojanovski that they needed to call nine one one. But her crew commanders suction Han reportedly wanted to put it to a vote. First emergency workers would break containment an undermine the integrity of the experiment. But Stojanovski? The situation was more black and white. Gene was endanger. That should have superseded any other concerns. Han and the crew ultimately agreed, but only to ask for advice after all in a real Martian emergency, the colonists would only be able to consult with mission control. Still Stojanovski wasn't satisfied. She went behind Hans Back and called offsite high seas officials to report what had happened. With their encouragement. The crew finally called an ambulance. Gene spent a few hours in the hospital before being discharged, but he return to the high seas six habitation. The team had to proceed as though gene had died on Mars. But Stojanovski wasn't content to just grieve and move on the whole emergency and the team's reaction to it had left a sour taste in her mouth. And a few days later, she voluntarily left the habitation. With, two crew members gone. The team didn't have enough participants for the simulation and NASA shutdown high seas six shortly thereafter. Although the session ended early, NASA still gained a wealth of information after all the entire point of these simulations was to study group dynamics. Ultimately they concluded that Stojanovski just hadn't been a good fit with the rest of the crew. They said her safety concerns stemmed from her inability to Gel with the command structure. As Brian Shiro a geophysicist who collaborated with the High Seas Program explained. There was this one person who was not as comfortable in the field when the incident happened that ultimately led to the cancellation of the mission bats, the person who quit. And it was not a surprise to any of us because we'd said. Yeah, you know. She was a little more timid out there. A pretty convenient conclusion when all is said and done. By attributing the failed mission to Stojanovski NASA sidestep their own responsibility for the conditions that led to jeans accident. But, even if the agency was totally blameless, Stojanovski defection was concerning. If. They sent incompatible crew members to Mars. They'd still have to deal with high stakes interpersonal conflict at a time when nobody can just quit. That tension would last a lot longer than nine months. Sure the Red Planet would be a welcome sight after the long journey through space, perhaps the excitement of touchdown with soften tensions between crew members. But before anyone could step off the rocket and stretch their legs, they need to actually land the ship. And that difficult and potentially deadly maneuver is a lot trickier than.

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