ISS, Captain Cook, Greenwich discussed on NASACast Audio

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One of those is coping with relatively small volumes and getting along with each other is no question about it that you will have to do some special preparation, but I'm actually fairly confident that that is something we can do because that's been done in history before, certainly in Arctic stations. And small space or a small ocean going craft. We've proven as a species that we can tolerate fairly austere conditions is long as we're prepared and can get along with it. Now, I think building some degree of privacy is is prudent, but I think we can do that and they much smaller space than we have with the ISS. Okay. Now in terms of isolation as you get further and further away from earth, so does the the time it takes to communicate with her on on space station. It's relatively easy, almost instantaneous re really close to it. So so talking with people as easy as you go further and further away now you have this delay. Is there a certain level of what we'll start with this we'll start with, is there a certain level of communication that's needed to maintain the cruise health and and feeling like they're still connected and not so far away from. Earth. I think that as we move towards exploration of deep space, we have to actually look backward not forward for the answers to some of these problems. Now, if you were to look at what I consider one of the greatest voyages of discovery of all time, captain Cook's circumnavigation aboard and ever where they were lucky to find a merchant ship or a whale ship that might be going to their home port, maybe years into their voyage. The crew would draft some letters and that to them and hope that the ship would make it there safely sometime in the next year. And that's that letter writing campaign was kind of how things were done. If you were to tell them, hey, look, we got a system where given a few minutes to several hours, you can get a message back to Greenwich and then they can communicate with you before the day is out. They wouldn't believe you. So basically what we have is a revolutionary capability compared to the the means that supported exploration missions for. For centuries. And so can we do it? Of course, we have. We can do that. Now we have two crew and we have to design accordingly. And really move towards more mission autonomy. And we've spoiled ourselves in a way by having such broad bandwidth and real time communication for the station, but station is a laboratory and it is designed to produce as much science as possible. And that really depends on on real time communication. Whereas heading to Mars and some of the other deep space destinations, we're not in that paradigm. We're really all about exploring and what we need to do in maintaining the ship and maintaining the crew and supporting the mission. Most of that responsibility has to really be given to the crew certainly for any immediate responses that need to happen that that all has to be the crew just like it used to be. Yeah, and that blends in nicely to this to his next hazard, which is distance from earth. And I think you know, we sort of already talked about that the further you are away, the more delay there is and communication. So communication is one of the factors that goes hand in hand with distance the further out. You go, the longer, the delay of communication. What are some other. Actors whenever you're talking about the human body, the human really being further and further and further farther away from earth? Well, I think there's many aspects to that one. I have to kind of think about the medical issues that we know our crews are going to be healthy when we launched them, and we're going to do our best to keep them healthy during flight with counter-measures diet and medical monitoring..

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