Problems with Living in Space

November 17, 2023
November 17, 2023 Hal Jordan

Problems with Living in Space

In the quest for space exploration and habitation on celestial bodies like the moon and Mars, various challenges threaten the well-being of human bodies. While space tourism and ambitious plans for space hotels emerge, understanding the impact of space conditions on the human body becomes crucial. Beyond the immediate threat of hypoxia in the absence of a spacesuit, two major challenges persist: variable gravity and radiation.

Gravity, a force determined by mass and distance, varies on the moon and Mars, affecting bodily functions. The gravitational pull is weaker on these celestial bodies compared to Earth. Additionally, radiation exposure increases in space, with diminished protection outside Earth’s magnetic field. This exposure raises concerns about the health effects of cosmic radiation on astronauts.

Current knowledge about these challenges is primarily based on astronauts’ experiences in low Earth orbit, and limited data are available due to the small sample size. To address this, space tourism is seen as an opportunity to gather broader demographic data beyond the traditionally selected astronauts. This diversity in participants could provide valuable insights into how various individuals, including those with pre-existing conditions, adapt to space environments.

Microgravity, a condition experienced in space, affects bodily functions such as blood circulation, bone density, and muscle mass. Prolonged exposure leads to atrophy and other physiological changes, making the return to Earth challenging and painful. While potential solutions like artificial gravity are proposed, current priorities in space tourism focus more on comfort and entertainment than addressing these health challenges.

Beyond physiological effects, the psychological aspects of space travel, including intimacy and sexuality, pose unique challenges. The potential for space tourists engaging in sexual activity raises questions about the lack of guidelines and the need for responsible conduct in space. Furthermore, the psychological impact of isolation and loneliness during long missions needs thorough exploration.

As humanity contemplates the possibility of colonization on other planets, the question arises: Can our bodies adapt to non-Earth environments, or will we always be fundamentally Earthlings? The journey into space, marked by exploration, experimentation, and the unknown, continues to unfold with both promises and challenges.

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18 November
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1950Eric Pierpoint is born.
1989Johnny Haymer dies.
1994Star Trek Generations premieres in the US.

19 November
1953Robert Beltran is born.
1963Terry Farrell is born.
1972Nicole Forester is born.
1991Reggie Nalder dies.
2011John Neville dies.
2020Herbert F. Solow dies.

20 November
1931William Ware Theiss is born.
2019Michael J. Pollard dies.

21 November
1924Joseph Campanella is born.
1934Laurence Luckinbill is born.
1947Tiny Ron is born.
1965Alexander Siddig is born.
2016Ron Thornton dies.

22 November
1954Marc Cushman is born.
1956Richard Kind is born.
1996Mark Lenard dies.
1996Star Trek: First Contact premieres in the US and Canada.

23 November
1930Robert Easton is born.
1967Salli Elise Richardson is born.
1970Oded Fehr is born.

24 November
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