How the trip to Mars will rewrite the team-building playbook.

The early days of the American space programme—days of white-knuckle test flights and solo orbital missions—called for pilots with qualities such as supreme self-confidence, unflinching bravado and ice in their veins. Or, to put it less kindly, “narcissism, arrogance and interpersonal insensitivity”. That was the assessment of one of NASA’s first staff psychiatrists, Patricia Santy, in her book “Choosing the Right Stuff”. Yet as the space programme has grown up, so have the astronauts. And they are continuing to evolve with their missions. The next giant leap—travelling […]