Are astronauts aboard the International Space Station headed for a Milky Way melee? Relations among the six-member crew aboard the satellite are reportedly tense this week following the discovery of a small but dangerous hole in the craft’s exterior, possibly hand-drilled in an act of starry sabotage.
The current orbiting team includes scientists from the United States, Germany and Russia. It’s not yet clear which country’s space cadet might be responsible, but a July report from NASA called for improvements in mitigating mental breakdowns on space missions.
The US agency’s existing mental-health measures include close screening and monitoring of astronauts before, during and after their journeys. Once in space, crew members are encouraged to video chat weekly with family and friends back home; in some cases, they even receive homemade care packages.