There is a simulation going on in Russia right now, with a team of ‘astronauts’ living in a series of modules designed to resemble a ship flying to Mars. They are stuck together in there for 520 days, about how long it would take to fly to Mars, to test whether 6 random scientists could stay level-headed and relaxed after all that time. This line, though, kills me:
“Well aware of this hazard, crew members equipped themselves accordingly. For instance, French participant Romain Charles said he was bringing along a guitar so he could entertain the other team members.”
I’m SURE that’s what I’d want if I was locked in a spaceship with a bunch of other dudes for a year and a half, and one of them is a French guy with a guitar. I sure hope the rest of them have some noise isolating headphones.