Space: It Isn’t All Fun and Dodging Asteroids

Every little kid’s dream is to become an astronaut when they grow up. At such a young age, soaring up to the stars seems like the greatest thing in the whole world. However, there are a lot of dangers when it comes to space travel, and a good amount of them are from the astronauts themselves. Imagine staying cooped up in a small rocket for months on end, or getting stuck in the ISS for years, with the same few people for company. Over time, it’d probably drive you mad.

Depression. It’s a serious issue on earth; despite the fact that being in space is pretty cool, it’s a problem there too. Whether on earth or in space, depression is pretty much the same. It’s the triggers that vary. In space, it could be a lot of different things. Boredom, cabin fever, isolation, or conflict with other crew members. Making a call to a therapist or a specialist who could help astronauts handle those kind of issues could be an issues, as astronauts in deep space would be much too far removed.

However, James Cartreine and colleagues, supported by The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, are developing self-directed modules to help astronauts treat themselves. Cartreine’s work focuses on treating negative behavioral issues and the risk of astronauts performing badly due to conflicts with their fellow crew members.

These modules are interactive programs, similar to a video game/3D graphic interface. The ‘patient’ goes through different interactive simulations based on the issue he/she is facing, and the module provides assistance and advice on how to deal with it. Unfortunately, this new technology doesn’t really solve the problem of boredom or irritation in space, but researchers are always looking to help astronauts cope with the issues of space travel, and it’s a good start!

Supplies Needed In Space

Space Travel has been going on for a very long time. However, the supplies that astronauts use have not changed, though people have tried to improve them. Here are the supplies astronauts would need to travel in space.

Space Ship and Fuel

This is probably the most obvious and important thing you need in space. Without a space ship and fuel to power it, you can’t even get to space and escape the escape velocity of Earth.

 Food and Water

Food and water are as important in space as they are in Earth. But the difference is they have to eat freeze-dried food and add water to it. Water is created when the hydrogen is turned into electricity.

Space Suit

Astronauts need space suits if they are going to go out of the space ship. Without protection, astronauts would quickly die in space, because of dangerous radiation. It is also very cold in space. There is no air pressure and no air to breath in space.

Hygiene and Health Supplies

Astronauts would need to be hygienic just as much in space than in Earth. But since water doesn’t flow in microgravity, astronauts need to use different methods.

 Things you need to Sleep

When Astronauts sleep, they use sleeping bags that are strapped to the walls. Also, since the sun never sets in space, they usually wear blindfolds while they sleep.

 Contact back to Earth

Astronauts need to be able to contact Earth so they know what they are doing.

Entertainment

This is not an absolute need, but you can imagine that you would get pretty bored just sitting around in space with nothing to do.

Thank you for reading this article, and I hope you learned something.