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SXSW 2021

Pushing our Bodies and Minds Beyond the Limits

In 2020 people across the globe experienced extreme isolation and mental health challenges. A source of empathy and education was found beyond the globe, in the small group that have spent time in space. An astronaut and sports psychologist discuss similarities and challenges of keeping mental and physical health in top shape while in isolation.

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  1. Learn the challenges and methods astronauts use when spending time extremely far from home.
  2. Learn the challenges and methods athletes have turned to in order to stay at the top of their mental and physical game during the pandemic.
  3. Practical solutions for every industry to continue to not only survive, but thrive in quarantine.


  • Bonnie Dunbar, Former Astronaut, NASA
  • Ryan Pittsinger, Assistant Athletics Director, Director of Counseling and Sport Psychology, Texas A&M University


Austin Fannin, Events Manager, Texas A&M University

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  • Tags: Space, Health & MedTech
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Connection in Disconnection
  • Level: Intermediate
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