There are some missions, effects or abilities that generate a “mind control” effect. In the quick start book, the “Mindfield” mission has mind control effects that are clearly delineated and designed to make the characters slam their ship into mines.
However, true mind control such as from “Puppeteer” special ability on page 65 allows a little more leeway.
Unless specifically stated in the mission details, mind control doesn’t give you complete control of the target. They won’t take an immediate suicidal action and they won’t space themselves or drop their gear.
A target that is under mind control will not:
A target under mind control may: