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A mir kiss what on earth caused mars behaviour experiment to fail

The ‘Group 159’ News

An Assignment 2 group case study

- Since 01/08/2011

‘A Mir kiss’?

What on Earth caused Mars behaviour experiment to fail!

Psychologists at Moscow’s Institute of Medical and Biomedical Problems (IMBP), conducted an experiment to learn more about the effects of sustained isolation in space travel .

An international crew of seven males and one female (Judith Lapierre) were selected for this experiment, designed to last 240 days inside a simulated Russian space station.

As well as unexpected violence, claims that Lapierre was grabbed and kissed aggressively by a colleague against her will have since surfaced, and have been met with denial and contradictions by Russian officials.

(above): Cosmonauts Inside the simulated Russian space station, extract curtesy of ‘bigger brother’

(inset right): Judith Lapierre


No formal rules, protocols or procedures were set in place to deal with the use of alcohol, intoxication, violence and sexual harassment

Japanese crew member made early exit from experiment due to lack of responsible follow up of the violence

Claim of sexual harassment made by Lapierre was dismissed as a cultural misunderstanding

Russian crew consisted of four male Russians, including the CommanderInternational crew consisted of two males from Austria and Japan and one French Canadian female

ISSUES Americans and French declined to participate in the experiment due to lack of protocols

Lapierre was expecting another female crew member

Lapierre was expecting control to speak English

Russian crew had already been in isolation for 120 days before internationals had arrived

The use of alcohol and alcohol intoxication was permitted

Female crew member Lapierre was sexually harassed by intoxicated Russian Commander.

Intoxicated Russians from group one physically assaulted each other which led to bloodshed International crew hid knives as feared for the safety of the Russians who had threatened to kill each one another

  • Experiment set up

  • Integration

  • Leadership

  • Team development

  • Support Mechanisms

  • conclusion