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July 24, 2015
Q. If we humans embark on an interplanetary voyage to Mars by 2050, as is currently hoped, what things might be in store for the astronauts?
A. After completing a five-month stay on the International Space Station, astronaut Thomas Marshburn had this to say, “Going into outer space is the most dramatic thing that can happen to your body other than being born,” reports Bruce Bower in Science News magazine. The flight to Mars will require teamwork — ”extreme teamwork” — with the half-dozen or so crew members needing to work together to cope with the constant noise and activity in “an artificial environment devoid of natural light, where sleep can easily be disrupted.”
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