As the Commander of the NASA-funded Mission 5 for HI-SEAS, James Bevington, along with his five crew mates, lived in isolation on a barren landscape as part of an eight-month simulated mission to Mars in 2017. In this first interview for our new podcast, TEDxSydney@Home, James shares his experience and tips for living in isolation. James Bevington was a speaker at TEDxSydney in 2018. You can watch his TEDxSydney talk and plenty of others at tedxsydney.com Presented and produced by Fenella Kernebone, Head of Curation for TEDxSydney. This interview was recorded at home on zoom and has been edited for podcast.