Although taking man to Mars remains one of the priorities for space agencies such as NASA, that goal could be delayed a bit due to the conditions astronauts would face on the red planet.
This is revealed by a recent study published in the JAMA Netw Open magazine, which indicates that traveling to Mars is more difficult than it seems, since it is not known exactly how the human body would react.
That is why, to get an idea, astronauts who travel to the International Space Station (ISS) are studied and, therefore, participate in how these factors affect their health.RELATED
As revealed by the Science Alert site, from a study that was done with 11 IAS astronauts, six had blood flow stagnant in the internal jugular vein, which descends from the brain to the neck.
In addition, at least one had thrombosis after the first 50 days in space. "It is the first time that a thrombosis is recorded as a result of a space flight," the study reveals.
“We did not expect to meet reverse flow. That is very abnormal. On Earth, we would immediately suspect a massive blockage of a tumor or something like that, ”said Michael Stenger, director of the Cardiovascular and Vision Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center and lead author of the study.
Understandably, these results have important implications for long-term space missions, especially for the trip to Mars and its months of travel in deep space. However, surely NASA and other agencies are already working to solve the problem and meet the goal of conquering the red planet.