Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective (The NASA History Series)

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Psychology of Space Exploration, Edited by Douglas Vakoch, NASA History Series SP-2011- 4411, Government Printing Office (GPO); (Hardcover) $27.00; (Paperback) $23.00; Washington, D.C.; 2011.

You're going to find a rich, motherload of information here regarding a topic that is given little spotlight.

As the book notes, early missions into space were short jaunts, and crews were small, often drawn from a single nation. But as an intensely competitive space race has given way to international cooperation over the decades, the challenges of communicating across cultural boundaries and dealing with interpersonal conflicts have become increasingly important, requiring different coping skills and sensibilities - far different than the "the right stuff" of early astronauts.

Vakoch has done a commendable job here, bringing together a wealth of observations, sectioned in bitable contents that tell the tale: Surviving and Thriving in Extreme Environments; Managing Interpersonal Conflict in Space; and Multicultural Dimensions of Space Exploration.

To say this book is a distinctive, often forgotten aspect of human space travel, is an understatement. As detailed, there is the right stuff of the early astronauts. But moving outward, hopefully on a routine basis beyond Earth orbit - back to...and beyond the Moon to more distant locales - well, that will invoke psychosocial stresses on expeditionary crews.

These challenges are wonderfully addressed in this book by a number of leading experts in the field.

But as explained in an introductory chapter, repeated references to psychology are one thing, but "understanding and managing human behavior in space is an interdisciplinary effort" - one that draws from architecture and design, engineering, biology, medicine, anthropology, sociology, communications, and organizational studies.

Thanks goes to Vakoch for his dedication to this field, and in bringin

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Through essays on topics including survival in extreme environments and the multicultural dimensions of exploration, readers will gain an understanding of the psychological challenges that have faced the space program since its earliest days. An engaging read for those interested in space, history, and psychology alike, this is a highly relevant read as we stand poised on the edge of a new era of spaceflight. Each essay also explicitly addresses the history of the psychology of space exploration.

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Verlag: Washington DC: Nasa History, (2011)
ISBN 10: 016088358X ISBN 13: 9780160883583
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Buchbeschreibung Washington DC: Nasa History, 2011. Gr.-8°, Gebundene Ausgabe. Zustand: Sehr gut. 254 S., lll. SU., gebraucht: sehr guter Zustand. Through essays on topics including survival in extreme environments and the multicultural dimensions of exploration, readers will gain an understanding of the psychological challenges that have faced the space program since its earliest days. An engaging read for those interested in space, history, and psychology alike, this is a highly relevant read as we stand poised on the edge of a new era of spaceflight. Each essay also explicitly addresses the history of the psychology of space exploration. Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 585. Artikel-Nr. 88519

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