The Hazards Of Space Travel For The Human Body

1511 Words Oct 29th, 2015 7 Pages
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 concerns that medical experts and scientists consider while designing manned space crafts. Weightlessness is one of the few factors that humans cannot replicate on earth, as it is the effect of a reduced gravity environment in space. Exposure to zero gravity complicates mechanics of the human body and requires physical adaption over an extended period of time. Radiation exposure is an immense risk for astronauts voyaging in deep space, as cosmic rays from the Sun are damaging to biological tissue and the central nervous system of a human being (White). To insure a successful mission of long human exposure in a space environment, the consequences and mitigation of weightlessness and radiation must first be understood. Astronauts are exposed to…

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