Even though being an astronaut means you get to see some of the most amazing views, this doesn’t mean that the job is not stressful. In fact, one of the biggest issues that NASA is faced with is keeping astronauts happy and calm during long missions. It’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen next while in space and a safe mission can instantly turn into a life or death scenario.
Keeping Astronauts Happy
There are many other factors which can affect the mood of the astronauts such as not seeing their family members for months on end during long missions and this can get stressful. Therefore, NASA is looking for new ways of maintaining its astronauts in good spirits and it seems like NASA found just the right thing.
Next Generation Spacesuits
A group of researchers from Florida Polytechnic University are working on innovative technology that will help NASA create next generation spacesuits. This technology will be embedded into the fabric of the suits and it will be able to sense stuff like mental stress and take the necessary measures to relieve the astronauts.
Smart Sensory Skin
The technology is branded as Smart Sensory Skin and it uses a bunch of wireless sensors to detect if astronauts are physical or psychological stressed. The technology is still in the early stages but once it will hit the market it will be able to instantly make changes which will make the astronaut feel relaxed. For example, some of these can changes can be altering the cabin temperature, light color, oxygen levels and even light exposure.
“It’s vital for astronauts to be mentally healthy during missions and right now there’s no active, real-time solution to help them when they feel stressed or anxious. This technology would provide them with immediate relief to their state of mind” said Arman Sargolzaei who is a professor at the Florida Polytechnic University.
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