Research suggests that hibernation is a likely option to make deep space exploration a reality

phys.org | 11/18/2019 | Staff
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Space travelers sleeping in hibernation chambers before continuing with their missions, whether to go on a trip to Jupiter or hunt down an extraterrestrial creature. The concept was first imagined in the 20th century before making its way to the big screen. Are these images getting hauntingly prophetic?

For future missions to succeed, radical changes will be needed in the way astronauts operate in space. According to a study by the European Space Agency (ESA), putting astronauts into a state of suspended animation may be the way to go.

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A team of researchers investigated how hibernation would influence the design of a crewed mission to Mars. Findings show that it would be very beneficial to build smaller spacecraft. By removing the crew's living space that's no longer needed and lessening supplies, the team conceived a design that decreases the spacecraft's mass by a third.

"We worked on adjusting the architecture of the spacecraft, its logistics, protection against radiation, power consumption and overall mission design," said Robin Biesbroek of ESA's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF), a state-of-the-art center that enables specialist teams to carry out initial assessments of proposed future missions. CDF's goal is to evaluate the advantages of human hibernation for a trip to a planet like Mars.

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"We looked at how an astronaut team could be best put into hibernation, what to do in case of emergencies, how to handle human safety and even what impact hibernation would have on the psychology of the team," noted Biesbroek. "Finally we created an initial sketch of the...
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