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Extreme Environments, Not Only a Distance Issue

Extreme Environments, Not Only a Distance Issue

Extreme Environments, Not Only a Distance Issue

As well as distance, the extreme environment faced during transit to and on Mars includes

  • microgravity
  • high radiation levels and
  • an enclosed pressurised cabin or suit.

This is tough on astronauts’ bodies and takes time getting used to.

We already know that space travel changes astronauts’ cells, blood pressure regulation and heart performance. It also affects the body’s fluid distribution and weakens its bones and muscles. Space travellers may also develop infections more easily.

So in terms of fitness for surgery, an injured or unwell astronaut will be already at a physiological disadvantage.

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