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NASA's Study on long term space missions

NASA's Study on long term space missions

NASA conducted a study to assess the biological effects that long term space exploration can have on humans. 

The study was done on a pair of twin astronauts, one on earth as a control and the other after a 1 year long space mission.

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This study was in no way conclusive or predictive, because of the very small sample size(just one pair of twins), a short study period, just to name a couple of reasons.

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I have been researching about the future of healthcare and how it would change over the coming years with the evolving technologies and the growing population. This context may be way into the future, but it is interesting to consider how space medicine can be possible, as you need more than a rocket to venture out in space!

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