The Human Element in Space: Lessons from Antarctica

by Ph.D. Palinkas, US Naval Health Research Cent, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


The human ability to adapt and perform in an extreme environment during periods of prolonged isolation is influenced by a number of social, cultural, and psychological parameters. These parameters must be taken into consideration in the design, construction, and operation of space facilities and offworld bases. This paper describes the human experience in the Antarctic and examines its relevance to the design and operation of manned space facilities and offworld communities.

Subject Headings: Human factors | Parameters (statistics) | Building design | Social factors | Cultural diversity | Space construction | Construction management | Space exploration | Antarctica

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