Valerie Olson

For two space architects who spent two months in a remote Arctic habitat to simulate lunar exploration, getting personal and spending time on leisure helped keep them happier and pass the time quicker, according to a new study. … Even though there were only two participants, the study was conceptually robust, says Valerie Olson, an environmental anthropologist [and professor] at the University of California, Irvine, who has authored a book on the culture of spaceflight and wasn’t involved with the work. It is a nice example of exploring the relationship between social and psychological factors, she says.

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