Space simulation helps understand effects of pandemic isolation

Students of the Silesian University of Technology (PS) are on a space mission, or a space mission simulation rather, to research the effects of pandemic-induced isolation.

They spend their time in seclusion at the LunAres Habitat in the Polish town of Piła. It is a one of a kind facility in Europe, entirely isolated from the outside environment and consisting of seven modules dedicated to various activities and everyday life. The facility offers also a 250 square kilometres-large area for space moonwalks.

The PS students’ research focuses on the analysis of psyche’s adaptation to compulsory confinement and quarantine. The international team of five stationary astronauts carry out their research under the patronage of the PS and Poland’s Ministry of Health.

Testing architectural solutions used to satisfy the needs of the habitat’s inhabitants, the influence of isolation on physical fitness and the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system are some points on the research agenda.

The PS is a place where space technology and aeronautics are intensely researched and developed, further enhancing the university’s reputation.