Man on a Mission: CSU San Bernardino Professor Chosen for Special NASA Mission

Dr. Richard Addante is five days into a 45-day stay in a simulated space shuttle that will allow researchers to measure the psychological effects of extended isolation in space.

Article ID: 679445

Released: 11-Aug-2017 12:05 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

  • Credit: Photo courtesy CSU San Bernardino

    ​CSU San Bernardino professor Dr. Richard Addante, pictured here in the HERA XIV shuttle, is currently participating in a 45-day NASA space simulation project at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

​​​What would it feel like to spend 45 days in a space shuttle hurtling toward an asteroid? That's what NASA is studying in a special mission that includes Richard Addante, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino.

Newswise — On August 5, Dr. Addante began his month-and-a-half-long mission as part of NASAs' Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) program, which uses a three-story habitat on earth "that mimics physical and mental effects on the body experienced in space." The simulated space shuttle is based at Johnson Space Center, in Houston.

Addante is one of nine people chosen from an applicant pool of more than 400; this is the second of four missions in which "crew members" will serve as human test subjects for specific scientific investigations.

Researchers will study Addante and his fellow HERA XIV​ crew members aboard the shuttle over the coming weeks to measure the psychological effects of extended isolation and confinement, as well as how the team works together and resolves conflict.

Addante's own research at CSU San Bernardino focuses on cognitive neuroscience and human memory. His mission is expected to conclude on September 18.

Learn more about Addante's HERA mission.


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