He tested a similar device during a Hawaii Hi-Seas Mars analog mission, asking participants what environment they liked best. High resolution nature scenes ranked highest, but some participants also enjoyed the city. "There were people who actually liked the scene in town because one of the things that was missing was just other people around," says Buckay.
VR can even help combat any low mood caused by Earth-out-of-sight through a virtual window that could simulate Earth's vision from space.
Building a time of stay and relaxation – as discovered during the Skylab strike – will also be vital. Astronauts have already been trained in how to relax effectively in the little spare time they get aboard the International Space Station, and Sandal believes adding things like yoga and meditation to astronauts' routine workouts could help the crew get on the road to Mars ̵
Given our determination to eventually reach Mars, to remain in good condition on the journey, there is a problem that is worth solving. "The psychological aspect is really important to deal with because if done correctly, the missions can be really amazing," Bucky says. "But if you go wrong, this is something that can end in a mission."
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