Far-out Housekeeping on the ISS
ISS, Phone Room
gained from the experiences of the Russian MIR space station crews
indicates that isolation is one of the biggest problems a long
duration crew will face. To prevent this on ISS, the crew members
will be encouraged to phone home. And while working on ISS will
not exactly be like spending a couple of weeks away from home
on business in the Big Apple or the Windy City, sailors traveling
around the British Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries were
more isolated than the ISS crew will be.
member will have a video telephone call from home each week," said
Burbank. "And the crew will be receiving and sending daily e-mail
messages to and from family and friends. No one should feel isolated
from home and family.