In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Findings from NASA’s Twin Study offers a look down to the genetic level at the health challenges human explorers face as they launch on deep space missions that may last years. Israel based SpaceIL’s attempt to land on the Moon Thursday failed moments before a scheduled touchdown. 2018 produced a record space investment.
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NASA’s Twins Study reveals effects of space on Scott Kelly’s health
Science News (4/11): Lengthy space travel triggers bodily stressors that can manipulate human genes, placing the immune system on alert, challenge mental reasoning and memory. Identical twins Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly, both now retired NASA astronauts, offered a deep dive hint at the possible long term health effects on long spaceflight, durations of several years needed to reach deep space destinations, over a 25 month study. Scott spent 340 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015-16 as a subject. Mark pursued his day to day responsibilities on Earth to provide researchers from 10 institutions with a broad comparison of the health and genetic impacts.
NASA’s Twins Study: A great control, but a sample size of one
Ars Technica (4/11): Researchers affiliated with NASA’s ...