Communion Of Dreams


Hey, I’ve seen this movie … *

NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option for Mars Mission

A NASA-backed study explores an innovative way to dramatically cut the cost of a human expedition to Mars — put the crew in stasis.

The deep sleep, called torpor, would reduce astronauts’ metabolic functions with existing medical procedures. Torpor also can occur naturally in cases of hypothermia.

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Economically, the payoff looks impressive. Crews can live inside smaller ships with fewer amenities like galleys, exercise gear and of course water, food and clothing. One design includes a spinning habitat to provide a low-gravity environment to help offset bone and muscle loss.

Hmm … seems that I’ve heard of something like that before …

 

Jim Downey

*Obviously. Hat tip to ML for the link.

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I’m sorry, Dave. I can’t let you build that, Dave.

Comment by Lloyd Matthew Thompson

Why not, HAL?

Comment by James Downey

Monoliths are strictly forbidden, Dave. Oops–I fear I have said too much, Dave. I’m going to have to kill you now, Dave.

Comment by Lloyd Matthew Thompson




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