Applying Lessons from Extreme Environments to Solve Problems on Earth and in Space

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by Larry Bell, Univ of Houston, Houston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III:

Abstract: Extreme environments on Earth and in space test human abilities to adapt, survive and undertake difficult and often dangerous tasks. Hardships and challenges posed by such environments include harsh climate conditions, remoteness with restricted access and return opportunities, limitations on available equipment and support services and ever present life-threatening safety risks. Examples are human operations on Earth-orbiting or lunar/planetary missions, in cold polar regions, at great ocean depths, within underground excavations, and in locations where natural or man-made disasters have occurred.

Subject Headings: Human factors | Flight | Equipment and machinery | Safety | Risk management | Cold regions | Ocean engineering |

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