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American Journal of Medical and Biological Research. 2015, 3(4), 107-112
DOI: 10.12691/ajmbr-3-4-5
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Integrated Planetary Outpost Simulation to Assess Crew Psychophysiological Response as a First Approach to a Lunar/Mars Manned Base Settlement

Lynn Van Broock1, Pablo de León2 and Daniel E. Vigo3,

1Space and Applied Neuroscience Laboratory, Institute for Biomedical Research (BIOMED), School of Medical Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA), and the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Buenos Aires, C1107AAZ, Argentina

2Human Spaceflight Laboratory, Department of Space Studies, University North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202, USA

3Laboratorio de Neurociencia Aplicada y Espacial – Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas Facultad de Ciencias Médicas Universidad Católica Argentina / CONICET. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1500. C1107AAZ – Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pub. Date: June 03, 2015

Cite this paper:
Lynn Van Broock, Pablo de León and Daniel E. Vigo. Integrated Planetary Outpost Simulation to Assess Crew Psychophysiological Response as a First Approach to a Lunar/Mars Manned Base Settlement. American Journal of Medical and Biological Research. 2015; 3(4):107-112. doi: 10.12691/ajmbr-3-4-5


One of the most effective and complex concepts in planetary settlement is the integration of interfaces such as habitat modules, rover vehicles and space suits that can connect via airlocks, suitports and tunnels, and can disconnect to operate independently. This scenario is ideal to assess common symptoms during spaceflight missions such as fatigue, sleep loss, circadian desynchronization and work overload, This paper describes the main features of an integrated system built at the Human Spaceflight Laboratory from the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota and a series of feasible measurements that can be conducted there to assess psychophysiological responses of a crew during confinement. This approach may contribute in the analysis of environmental mission conditions that interfere with sleep quality and individual vulnerabilities associated to sleep loss and circadian desynchronization.

space medicine planetary outpost circadian rhythm sleep confinement

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