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To dramatically cut the cost of its future manned missions to Mars, NASA is testing a sci-fi sounding technique of placing the crew in stasis. The deep sleep conditions would also reduce psychological challenges for the astronauts during the 180-day trip.
Adopting a technique commonly used in hospitals to bring about stasis, or sleep, in patients undergoing critical care, NASA partnered with Spaceworks, an aerospace engineering firm, to research how inducing hibernation could benefit a crew traveling for six months to Mars.
To bring about stasis astronauts would have their body temperature lowered to around 89-93 degrees Fahrenheit (31.6 – 33.9 Celsius) resulting in significant drop of the heart and respiration rates. To do so a tube will be inserted in their nose which releases a cooling agent while the sleeping crew member is fed through an intravenous tube. The crew would be kept in that condition for the entire…
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