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Dr. Marc A. Shepanek

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Deputy Chief of Medicine of Extre...

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Contact SSG-LS, 14 June 2015 [cached]
Dr Marc Shepanek
Deputy Chief of Medicine of Extreme Environments
US Representatives to the SCAR Standing Scientific Group on Life Sciences | United States Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (US-SCAR), 9 June 2014 [cached]
Marc Shepanek NASA
Dr. Marc Shepanek is the NASA HQ lead for Aerospace Medicine and Behavioral Health in the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer and an Assistant Prof. of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University Medical School. He started working for NASA in 1987 as part of the Office of Exploration, helping to design reference missions for a Lunar Science outpost and a mission to Mars. He is broadly published in the area of ground based analogs for space flight, adaption to isolation and confinement and the psychology of space flight.
The Worst Jobs in Science 2003 - Popular Science, 1 Sept 2003 [cached]
That's how Marc Shepanek, NASA's deputy chief for medicine in extreme environments, once described the psychological challenge astronauts will face on long-distance space missions.But hey, at least they'll be going somewhere.In the meantime, we put people through the torture in immobile isolation chambers on the ground.
"Lessons learned from the past, research ..., 7 Aug 2008 [cached]
"Lessons learned from the past, research in extreme environments, training, conditioning, and countermeasures for psychological stress are some of the things NASA is in the process of addressing for the upcoming age of exploration," said psychologist Marc Shepanek, PhD, from the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA.
Presentations: "Preparing for the Psychological Stress of Long-duration Space Missions," Marc A. Shepanek, PhD, Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer, NASA; "Living in Space: Creating a Home Away From Home," Phyllis J. Johnson, PhD, University of British Columbia; "The Uses of History: Space Analogues Revisited," Peter Suedfeld, PhD, University of British Columbia; "Computer-based Psychosocial Support for Long-duration Spaceflights," James A. Carter, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Leonard Greenhalgh, PhD, Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Steven E. Locke, MD, Harvard Medical School, Jay C. Buckey, MD, Dartmouth Medical School, Mark T. Hegel, PhD, Dartmouth Medical School; Session 1111 - Symposium: To the Moon and Mars: Psychology of Long-Duration Space Exploration, 10:00 - 11:50 AM, Thursday, Aug. 14, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Meeting Level 2, Meeting Room 206A.
Marc Shepanek, PhD - NASA Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer; "Preparing for the Psychological Stress of Long-Duration Space Missions"; phones: (W) 202-358-2201, (C) 202-744-7541, (H) 202-244-2787;
The Easterner Online - Exploring the human factor of exploration, 12 May 2004 [cached]
Marc Shepanek, NASA psychologist in the Human Factors division, said the entire experience of space has had a huge mental effect on those who have journeyed into space.
"Visiting Mars and losing the earth is something we have had to talk about," Shepanek said."Apollo saw a beautiful marble, and it had a profound affect on them.The vastness of space changes lives."
Shepanek compared a recent vacation to the South Pole to what astronauts on Mars may face.
"Everything around you is white because there are two miles of ice in every direction, but you are still on your world, but spending time in isolation is a better comparison, because it enforces relationships within the group," Shepanek said."If the technology you have with you goes, you die.There is no regular communication with the home base."
However Shepanek said that the loss of air would not compare to anything he has experienced.
"If I snag a piece of my protective suit in the South Pole, I am a little irritated," Shepanek said."If I do it in space, depending on where I do it, I might be facing decompression.Imaging you have trouble breathing and there are 300 yards between you and an entry port, whether you want to or not, you are aware of how dependent in space you are on technology."
The mental side of space flight may come after the trip is over, Shepanek said.
"The rest of their lives are spent trying to convince themselves of the psychological impact," he said.
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