The first detailed examination of the role of psychology and the behavioral sciences in space exploration.
For the first time the history of the psychological and psychiatric evaluation of astronaut and cosmonaut candidates is detailed. The general public and many professionals assume that psychological issues have been and will be extremely important factors in successful space exploration. This book, however, documents how NASA underutilized, downplayed, then ultimately ignored psychiatric and psychological characteristics in selecting astronauts, until very recently.
Tables and Figures Acknowledgments The Beginning of the Future--Project Mercury Introduction One of Those Interesting Social Phenomena--Gemini and Apollo Opening the New Frontier--Shuttle The Dual Role of Behavioral Sciences--Selecting-In and -Out Not Everyone Can Fly--The Psychiatric Evaluation The "Real" Psychological Stuff for Missions of the Future An Invitation to Orbit, Part 1--The European Space Program An Invitation to Orbit, Part II--Japan Enters the Space Age The Soviet Right Stuff Space Station, Lunar Base, Mars, and Beyond Appendixes Bibliography Index Photo Essay