For climbers scaling isolated peaks, people stationed on submarines, doctors working in Antarctica and astronauts in space, it’s a way of life.
They had to adjust to, and thrive in, isolation in order to live and work under extreme conditions.
Astronauts such as Scott Kelly can spend up to a year in space living on the International Space Station. They spend two hours a day working out to maintain muscle and bone mass, and the rest of their waking hours are spent working on tasks and experiments. The space station is comparable to a six-bedroom house, and six astronauts can comfortably live in it for six months or longer at a time.
“And yes — I have often equated the past 10 days of this isolation on par with any of my four expeditions to Everest, or other 25 expeditions to peaks over 20,000 feet in my career,” he told CNN. “Except in the home, we are way more comfortable right now than we are in dining tents with no heat.”
Crews manning the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Antarctica lead isolated lives with the same people for months at a time — including during the winter months, where going outside or flying…