Future perspectives on space psychology: Recommendations on psychosocial and neurobehavioural aspects of human spaceflight

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Gabriel de la Torre, Berna van Baarsen, Fabio Ferlazzo, Nick Kanas, Karine Weiss, et al.. Future perspectives on space psychology: Recommendations on psychosocial and neurobehavioural aspects of human spaceflight. Acta Astronautica, Elsevier, 2012, 81 (2), pp.587 - 599. ⟨10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.08.013⟩. ⟨hal-01634243⟩

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