If I told you NASA opened two free seats for the first pair of people that register in their website for a space trip to Mars, what would you do? I suspect you thought you would sign right up, right? If I were you, I would think it twice!
After reading this, you will probably stop complaining about your duties for tomorrow. Okay, maybe not, but at least I promise you will have a blast reading about how other peoples’ bodies would react to a Mars trip adventure, ha!
Planning a Mars Trip: Flights, Hotels, Restaurants…
Sadly —or maybe luckily for your own health— NASA is not searching for crew members. Nonetheless, they have studied and planned, for a while, an expedition to the Red Planet so that we can gain access to some relevant information and tips about a ride of that kind.
Traveling to Mars, a challenge that NASA is preparing and is aiming for a launch date of 2k30. They are also pursuing some private companies to help meet this deadline. This will certainly become the feat of the millennium, but this great adventure is plagued by a plenty of dangers…
Flight information: The average distance to the Red Planet is 140 million miles, and a round trip could take three years with current tech. On the other hand, for an astronaut with a round trip ticket, not counting the more or less prolonged stay on Mars, cumulative radiation exposure is equivalent to approximately 45,000 radiographs.
Accommodation information: The atmosphere of our Red neighbor was very similar to our beautiful Earth, but sadly was destroyed in a catastrophe millions of years ago; becoming uninhabitable. That’s probably a reason why some experts are considering sending Robots and 3D Printings before humans.
Meals information: What will the first man on Mars eat? Probably french fries. Or the Peruvian potatoes prepared as they best prefer, since it seems it will be the first edible growth to conquer the martian land. If not, this pastry is sending pies to special missions across outer space as well, so it feels like there are some yummy varied options among the menu.
Looking for Answers in The Style of NASA
In order to know how stressful a trip to Mars will be on the human body, NASA just needed to make it funny and very illustrative. So they did select, for the experiment, both Scott Kelly, an astronaut who lived nearly one year on the International Space Station, and his identical twin brother, Mark, who remained on Earth.
Among other smart test methods, the results have shown that between the overall types of body damages that could incur, here are just a few:
- Radiation from a trip into deep space can increase the risk of leukemia, weakened immune system and anemia.
- While dementia-like deficits in astronauts take months to manifest, the time required for a mission to Mars is sufficient for its development.
- Radiation affects the “extinction of fear,” an active process by which the brain suppresses unpleasant and previous stressful associations, as when someone who almost drowned learns to enjoy the water again. These deficits can make subjects “more prone to anxiety” —A serious problem in the course of a journey full of difficulties, already so stressful in itself, huh?
- The conditions of microgravity, isolation and confinement in hostile and closed environments, and the distance to the Earth apparently alters the “hydraulic” mechanism that protects the eye and brain, which translates into an explanation for blurred vision in long missions.
Reader: would you still dare to go infinity and beyond?