Watch The HI-SEAS Crew Emerge From Its 120-Day Simulated Mars Mission

Members of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) "returned to Earth" yesterday afternoon, following a 4-month, simulated mission to space. » 7/26/14 8:30am 7/26/14 8:30am

How will humans cope with boredom on their first missions to Mars?

A human mission to Mars will last more than 8 months, each way. Ship quarters will be sardine-esque. Communications will be laggy and intermittent. And, despite the thrilling nature of the larger mission, astronauts en route to the Red Planet will likely struggle with psyche-crushing boredom. So how might an astronaut… » 7/18/13 7:40am 7/18/13 7:40am