Science: Tranquilized in Space

When the first manned spaceship takes off for Mars, it may be followed through emptiness by radio beams, perhaps by television. Comforting words and familiar sights from the receding earth will be useful for keeping the crew on an even mental keel. Also useful will be the voice of a soothing space psychotherapist.

The crew, says Psychologist E. Jack Wilcox in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, will have been selected with meticulous care to exclude screamy or jittery types. But conditions on board will be so strange that even the best-ordered psyche...

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