Published By : 03 Oct 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Sky is not the limit for astronauts as they have made their footprints on the moon. Aeronautics and aerospace has always been the most prestigious profession among all and everyone would agree to the fact that the life of an astronaut is definitely not a piece of cake. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has recently revealed that it is difficult for scientists to stay up in the space for too long as continuous space radiation exposure may cause harm to the astronaut’s intestines ultimately leading to cancer of the stomach.
According to a research by scientists at the Georgetown University Medical Center funded by NASA, X-ray radiation was compared to space radiation and tested on mice and the results states that the mice exposed to heavy ion radiation had permanently damaged gastrointestinal tracts and was not able to absorb nutrients from food any longer. There was cancerous growth observed in the mice’s intestines, which raised apprehensions among the scientists as the same health issue may be faced by astronauts who ventured far into space and stayed there for long durations of time.
To Mars and Back – Astronauts Prone to Health Danger
Short trips to the moon and back may not raise such serious concerns as compared to the trips to Mars as it takes almost nine months to reach Mars while it only takes around three days to reach the moon. The prime concern for scientists is that there is no medication developed to fight back organ-damaging radiation in space. It is difficult to prevent astronauts from such radiation in the first place, fighting back seems impossible at this moment, in fact there is lack of an equivalent technology for protecting astronauts from any kind of health danger in space.
Previously the research institute has also stated in one of their experiments that astronauts may also face accelerating aging process and damage their brain tissues provided they do deep space traveling along with organ damages. With its door to the outer space, NASA is likely to come up with some cure. At the end of the day, it is about safety and security of astronauts.