Talk Tuesday: Too Much Pressure

For decades, Mars, the red planet, has peaked the interest of many. Explorations started in the 1960’s, when NASA completed their first successful mission to Mars for picture taking, all the way up to the completion of gathering testing materials in 2007. Slowly NASA keeps pushing their missions to further explore this planet. The new venture is to send humans.
As you have probably already heard, through the evidence gathered, it is apparent that Mars has the capability to support life. So, the key question that has astronauts and civilians asking themselves, is there or has there ever been life beyond Earth? Exploring and investigating this question and other ones like it are good for the enhancing of our understanding, but how safe is it for the astronauts doing the work? That is the question that people are starting to pay more attention to.
Apparently, the human exploration to Mars could pose a dangerous threat to those on the voyage. Studies have shown that astronauts who have spent prolonged time in space, suffer from increased pressure in their skulls, resulting in vision loss and cognitive decline. On NASA’s website, Ms. Gaskill stated that, “The human body is approximately 60% fluids. During spaceflight, these fluids shift to the upper body and move across blood vessel and cell membranes differently than they normally do on earth.” With the correlation being made between space and adverse effects on the brain, NASA is being pro active in preventing any further health hazards. So, as of now, any future endorsed human voyages to Mars is looking grim.


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