There is a psychological reason for a guitar on the International Space Station

There is a psychological reason for a guitar on the International Space Station
Two words: mental health. Keep reading. Hadfield clarified that NASA put the guitar on ISS in summer 2001 because it was good for mental health. Every extra gram means more fuel. So why would NASA expend precious propellent on making sure astronauts had an acoustic guitar up there? But the Larrivée guitar wasn’t there for publicity; it was part of a NASA psychology program. Besides being the first Canadian to walk in space, Commander Chris Hadfield was known for his musical stylings onboard the International Space Station. (non-flammable etc)” they asked. While the physical stresses of life in space are well-documented, in 2001, NASA was becoming increasingly concerned with the psychological stresses that come with space travel, especially now that astronauts were spending longer amounts of time in orbit. When his 2013 rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” was captured from the ISS, it garnered millions of views, giving the famed Larrivée P-01 parlor guitar the best advertisement in the solar system. Boosting materiel into orbit is expensive, so nothing makes it onto a rocket that shouldn’t be there. “Did you bring your own guitar to ISS or did they gave you a special one? On Sunday, Hadfield responded to Twitter user Eren Uzun’s question about the now-famous guitar and what possibly made the instrument ISS-friendly.