Open Thread: Could You Survive 16 Months Alone With Your Partner?

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Kathryn DeHoyos currently resides on the outskirts of Austin, TX. She is the News Editor for the Good Feed Blog and absolutely loves what she does. She is the happy mommy to a wild 2 year old girl-child, and is blissfully happy being un-married to her life partner DJ.


  1. Mr Supertypo says:

    “ample time for zero-gravity sex in space, something NASA doesn’t like to talk about.” Even so, most couples dread spending hours together stuck in a car, so 16 months alone in a tiny space capsule?”

    The are not going to do the trip in a tiny capsule, but there would be one or two inflatable habitable modules attached. Practically, they will have almost or even more space than there is in the ISS (see Bigalow inflatable modules). If 6 astronauts/cosmonauts can live for 6-12 month on the ISS, I cant see why 2 people cant live comfortable in the spaceship headed to the fly-by Mars.

    • kathryn dehoyos says:

      I’m curious to know where you got your information, because everything I have read so far indicates they will have significantly less space than a regular cross country RV has. And I have not seen anything that says anything about “inflatable habitable modules attached.” Just curious…

  2. I’m skeptical of my ability to spend 16 months alone with anyone, in any amount of space. I went on a cross-country road trip with my best friend of 13 years and after 18 days we definitely needed some time apart.

  3. I think this is a good recipe for how to go insane and kill yourself and/or your partner. I can’t imagine being cooped up in such a tiny space (no pun intended) for that long with anyone, even if it is my beloved. He would very, very quickly become my un-beloved. In fact, just thinking about this is making me nauseous.

  4. Aside from flying / maintainng the craft, I think you’d have to have some underlying project underway too: like writing a book or something. I

  5. Copyleft says:

    I’d much rather go alone. Better plan: design a duplex module, with two separate living compartments and a gateway or meeting-ground between them.

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