Scientists are still trying to figure out how the human body responds to long-duration spaceflight… In particular, a mission to Mars could require at least a three-year round trip that would take a toll both physically and psychologically

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My Year on “Mars”

January 2, 2018

Physicist Christiane Heinicke spent 365 days sequestered with five others in a geodesic dome on the side of a Hawaiian volcano to test what isolation might do to the psyches of the crew on a Mars mission

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Squashed in Space

November 2, 2017

Study identifies changes in astronauts’ brains. Sure, space travel makes bones and muscles atrophy and alters the distribution of blood and other bodily fluids, among other physiological consequences of microgravity, but what does it do to the brain?

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Jessica Watkins, one of NASA’s newest recruits, says she’s ready—but only if there’s a ride back

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Unusual study of NASA’s Scott and Mark Kelly finds gene-expression shifts during nearly a year in space

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$100-million initiative would be proof of concept for high-speed galactic travel

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A major medical emergency has never occurred on the International Space Station – but what would happen if it did? And what lessons could be learnt for treating similar emergencies on Earth?

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Scientists hope to genetically engineer organisms to survive off-Earth and to do some of the dirty work on spaceships and other planets. The field of study is called “space synthetic biology.” And this new frontier in genetic research could be key to opening up the final frontier

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