Mars colony simulation experiment shows that members become more autonomous and gradually reduce the number of contact with the ground

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in view of the strong interest in colonizing other planets – especially from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk – the scientists behind these experiments are understanding the physiological problems that future Mars or lunar settlers may face And psychological consequences. Although the project Sirius simulation in 2021 has just started on November 4, a large number of data from the tests in 2017 and 2019 can be used

among those who analyzed the specific situation, a research team noticed two striking results. It is reported that members of the “off-site society” are becoming more and more autonomous, and they gradually reduce the number of communication with the mission control center. The researchers published their findings in frontier in physiology on November 9

on the surface, strong independence seems promising in a potential Martian society. If settlers think they have complete control over their tasks, they will operate confidently and work together, taking advantage of their comfort with each other. This may be conducive to future interstellar efforts, alleviate personal anxiety and enhance group cohesion in the implementation of the agreement

this is a surprising finding of the study. Dmitry shved from the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Moscow Institute of Aeronautics, the co-author of the study, pointed out: “during the mission, the communication characteristics of crew members with different personalities, genders and cultures become more similar.”

but at a deeper level, releasing the hand of mission control will lead to some challenges

shved said: “the negative side is that the mission control center has lost the possibility to understand the needs and problems of the crew, which hinders the ability of the mission control center to provide support.”

according to shved, if the crew reaches a high degree of autonomy and cohesion, There is also a potential problem – they may seek to be completely separated from the external management structure. Basically, Martians can rebel from earthmen

but don’t worry, at least don’t worry too much. “At a time when the Martian colonies were still dependent on supplies and personnel from earth, the possibility of severing diplomatic relations seemed quite low,” shved said

Project Sirius is omnidirectional. Each simulation will provide participants with nine yards of “colonization” of the whole space to unlock the precise details of group dynamics outside the world

first, subjects will experience a real take-off and landing – rocks and everything. Then they were immediately isolated in the room and isolated from the outside world. These brave people were not provided with abundant supplies. They were told to use the airborne greenhouse – even when they encountered signal lag when talking to the mission control center

after 17 and 120 days of experiments in 2017 and 2019, shved’s team began to observe how the communication between experimenters and task control evolved over time

“crew members in simulation tasks tend to reduce communication with task control during isolation,” shved said. “Sharing their needs and problems is becoming less and less – with very few exceptions, such as important mission events, such as simulated landing.”

on the other hand, shved pointed out that during the mission, Although there are obvious individual differences in the composition of project Sirius crew due to different gender and cultural background, their communication style tends to be consistent and their cohesion is enhanced

with regard to gender, the research team’s research shows that according to the analysis of speech acoustic indicators, facial expressions and information content, people identified as women respond differently to stress than those identified as men. Shved said that unlike men, women show joy and sadness on their faces and less stress in their words

shved said that this data is consistent with the gender differences in stress management of space colonization in the data obtained by Sheryl bishop of the California Institute of space surgery

“however, it should be noted that all female subjects in the Sirius experiment are Russian, while men are Russian, German and American – so cultural background may affect the observed differences,” shved said

the researchers intend to continue to study the communication behavior of crew in sirius-21 experiment. For private and public institutions that want to start extraterritorial colonization, shved urged that the main points revealed by his team’s analysis should be discussed before the mission. He stressed the importance of having a good chat with “home”

“considering the technical means of communication, video information from crew, colonists and back seems preferable because it provides better emotional connection, even under signal lag and delay effects,” shved said