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Paper: That's MY Astronaut! Could Democratic Space Tourism Contribute to Earth Stewardship?
Volume: 457, Connecting People to Science
Page: 367
Authors: Wallace, E. F.
Abstract: Many studies have been done on the physical and biological effects of space on the human body. The psychological effects of living in space are also being analyzed including the stressors from living in an isolated environment. But are we paying enough attention to what seems to be a positive effect on the human psyche, that is, the effect on astronauts and cosmonauts of the magnificent view of Earth from space? Does the length of time spent looking out the window affect our consciousness? Who comes back changed? And why? Such a social experiment needs more participants. Could democratic access to the view via suborbital space tourism change our Earth for the better?
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