The Hazards Of Space Travel For The Human Body

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Conrad Dudziak Erika Harnett ESS 102 AC 20 October 2015 The Hazards of Space Travel for the Human Body In the year 2042, aerospace engineers continue to struggle with the challenge of a manned mission to mars. Biomedical complications disrupt any advancements in the effort, as astronaut safety is considered the most fundamental aspect of a successful mission. In order to study the effects of weightlessness and radiation in a deep space environment, NASA launches a government funded space station into high earth orbit. The astronaut’s medical health is studied over a six month period, as their bodies adapt to the low gravity environment and radiation becomes a crucial concern. Weightlessness and radiation exposure are two of the primary…show more content…
As an organism in a hostile environment, precautions must be made. An astronaut must maintain peak physical health to ideally preform and adapt to a space environment. In order to minimize the extent of medical concerns, strict medical standards are established to guarantee the correct crew for the mission. Designed by surgeons and experts in aerospace medicine, the regulations mirrored those of the U.S Air force. Extensive consideration is taken in the categories of blood pressure, radiation exposure, hearing, dental health, and precise body composition. Annual medical certification examinations are conducted by flight medicine physicians. These exams insure that the crew is not only fit for space flight, but also for training. Crew members are given a supporting exam at launch, as well as two days after landing (Risin). The information found in these last minute exams is used to analyze the effects of space travel on the astronauts. Only 7 missions in American history included biomedical objectives as a goal amongst each operations highest priorities. As of May 1961 to May 1963, Project Mercury was conducted to assess the ability for man to survive in an environment outside of earth. The endeavor completed four orbital missions and two sub-orbital flights, the longest of which lasted 34 hours. Although the returning health conditions of the astronauts
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