"Christina Koch Official Portrait" by NASA/Bill Stafford / Public Domain

‘Become experts on the thing that is threatening you’: Advice from astronauts on isolation on Earth

Mar 25, 2020

By Meagan Flynn

Before living for months in space, Christina Koch lived at the South Pole and Chris Hadfield lived at the bottom of the ocean, in a laboratory just off the coast of Florida.

The astronauts didn’t get out much, or couldn’t, with Koch surrounded by frozen terrain and Hadfield 62 feet underwater. But the experiences proved useful. When they rocketed out to the International Space Station, each on separate months-long missions in different years, their brains were well acquainted with isolation.

Koch returned to Earth from her 328-day mission on the space station just last month, breaking the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, while Hadfield spent more than five months on the ISS from 2012 to 2013. The station is like a cluster of pressurized aluminum bubbles, and feels like living in the boiler room in the basement of a large building for a long period of time, Hadfield said. They work each day with the same small group of people, with no way to leave. Their workspace is their living space. They are connected to the people they love only through the power of video chat.

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