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NASA’s Future Plans for Your Health

NASA’s Future Plans for Your Health
July 26
19:19 2016

NASA has recently announced its future research proposals and as usual, these projects have the potential to make the world a even more of an exciting place! Landing on mars may not be such a distant notion with these advance technologies.

Let’s take a look at a few of the eight concepts approved to be pushed into the next phase.

  1. Cryogenic Chambers

These chambers would allow humans to travel to mars. The trip would take nine months and since traveling to the planet requires a ton of supplies, the proposal by the Company SpaceWorks would place astronauts in advanced hypothermia for the duration of the trip. By lowering their core body temp to 10 degrees Fahrenheit, this will also lower their metabolic rate. Then the sleeping astronauts would be fed intravenously.

  1. Magnetoshells

One of the reasons it is so difficult to land on Mars is that the Spacecraft needs the planet’s atmosphere to decelerate before landing. Since this creates an explosive arrival, the craft has to have a heavy protective casing. But the heavier a spacecraft, the more expensive the mission cost. That’s why David Kirtley, nuclear engineer and founder of Helion Energy, has developed a proposal where the craft will be wrapped in a shell of plasma. This would reduce the weight of the space craft by thousands of pounds, saving billions while protecting astronomers from radiation.

  1. Laser Propulsion System

Since traveling to Mars is an especially long journey, this has led Physicist Philip Lubin of University of Califonia, Santa Barbara to propose technology to shorten the duration of the trip.

Although the laser propulsion system would shorten the travel time for only a tiny spacecraft to get to Mars, it would be a step in the right direction to get other sized crafts to the planet much quicker. This project received funding from the billionaire Yuri Milner, but it unfortunately is in its infancy. It won’t be ready for launch within the next three decades.

Since all of these programs are in the beginning phases, they may or may not be successful within the next 10 years. But, it’s safe to say that NASA has some interesting programs in the works and the research found by the scientists working on these projects could lead to other ground-breaking advancements.

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