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It takes about 8 months to get to Mars.

There are many hazards for humans making the trek to Mars—bone loss from lack of gravity and excess radiation, among them—but one seemingly innocuous threat should not be overlooked: boredom. The journey takes an approximate 243 days to complete—and that’s just one way. Despite traveling at speeds upwards of 58,000 miles per hour, it makes sense how one could begin to feel adrift. According to the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments, which examines how people cope under high-risk circumstances, prolonged periods without stimulation cause the mind to wander, which, over time, can affect normal brain function. Surely, NASA sanctions Sudoku in space. 

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