4 astronauts reveal their secrets to surviving months of isolation with other people
- As the coronavirus has spread around the globe, millions of people are under lockdown orders that could stretch deep into 2020.
- NASA astronauts routinely live and work in confined spaces for months, and in some cases more than a year.
- Given the new and potentially difficult circumstances for those unaccustomed to home confinement, astronauts have weighed in with scores of tips.
- Most say good communication is vital, as is controlling the amount of time you work and respecting the roles and differences of others.
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Space may be the final frontier, but living off of Earth can be extremely challenging. Due to a long and fussy list of survival needs, plus the expense of traveling to and from orbit, residing and working in space means eeking it out in very cramped accommodations for long periods of time.
In recent weeks, an increasing share of humans on Earth are being asked or forced to stay inside for weeks and months to help slow the coronavirus' spread and keep healthcare systems from being overwhelmed.
Knowing that millions of people face similar struggles to astronauts' long-lasting confinement in space, a handful of have stepped forward to offer their hard-won advice, especially for coexisting with others in isolated spaces.
Here are some of the most sage and sensible tips from NASA's and other space agencies' finest.
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