The Human Factors and Behavioral Performance (HFBP) element seeks to better understand astronauts’ behavioral health.
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The Human Research Program (HRP) created HFBP to address the behavioral health effects of long-duration spaceflight. The element also seeks insights into how to structure successful teams for missions and ensure that humans can efficiently navigate tasks in space.
Simulated space missions conducted on Earth help NASA examine crew health and team dynamics without launching into space. Using such missions, scientists can study in detail and in larger populations how humans adapt to challenges that astronauts may encounter on missions to the Moon and Mars.
Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA)
HERA is a unique 650-square-foot habitat split among two floors and a loft, designed to serve as an analog for isolation, confinement, and remote conditions in exploration scenarios.
Antarctica’s climate, temperature, and isolation provide an environment on Earth that parallels the conditions of isolation and stress that astronauts will face on long-duration missions in space. This provides unique opportunities to test systems and technologies for future missions to the Moon and Mars.
Take a peek into the lives of crew on a simulated mission to Mars. Confined inside NASA's Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA), these crew answer questions from students around the world. They share how they maintain their privacy, build strong group dynamics, cope with missing their families, adapt to unexpected circumstances, and more.