The Bored Astronaut


Last month I got an email from Max Nesterak, a journalist at NPR who works on the podcast called Hidden Brain. He had read my piece in Aeon about being bored during the the four-month isolation mission back in 2013, and wanted to know what it was like to be so bored. So I told him.

Here’s a sample:

Kate Green is a science journalist. She spent four months living in this tiny dome with five others. She wrote about her experience in Aeon.

She says that before she went in, she considered herself a person who never got bored.

“Well, things wear on you over the course of four months.” Green says. “And by things I mean a static environment. We were talking to the same five people every single day. Our home was a white dome with puffy walls that did not change day to day.”

Listen to the full podcast here.

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