What Does Space Do to an Astronaut’s Brain?

The Apollo 11 anniversary really had my neurons firing.

Last night, on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, I strolled down to the National Mall for a show that paid tribute to the groundbreaking 1969 mission when man first set foot on the Moon.

The Apollo 11 rocket, the Saturn V, was projected on the side of the Washington Monument and—true to scale at 363 feet—towered above the thousands of spectators below. As the launch countdown began and a hush descended over the crowd, there was a brief moment where I thought: This whole “going to space” thing could be dangerous for the astronauts’ brains, right? How bad is spending time in space, really?

Continued at Psychology Today.



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