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Here’s what astronauts and submariners say about coping with self-isolation

Staying home is one of the most effective ways to curtail the spread of the virus. Image: REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

Sean Fleming
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Toting the Mir Environmental Effects Payload (MEEP), astronaut Linda M. Godwin, STS-76 mission specialist, translates along the longeron of the Space Shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay starboard side during the March 27, 1996, Extravehicular Activity (EVA). During the docked phase of the mission, astronauts Godwin and Michael R. (Rich) Clifford teamed to mount the MEEP experiments on the Russian Mir Space Station Docking Module (DM). The experiments collected micrometeoroid debris for more than a year. The MEEP experiments were removed from the DM during a spacewalk in November 1997, and returned to Earth on STS-89 in January 1998.
Astronauts have to go months without human contact. Image: NASA
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