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Can People Go To Mars?

From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 15:47:34 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Fwd Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 16:28:21 -0500
Subject: Can People Go To Mars?


Hi Everyone!

The effects of high levels of radiation on astronauts' health
during and after a long space flight to Mars and back is still
not known.

The NASA Science News article below suggests ways of minimizing
the total amount of radiation the crew would be exposed to
through the use of different materials not currently used in the
construction of spacecraft and possibly the redesign of these
spacecraft so that the crew living quarters are shielded by the
radiation absorbing liquid hydrogen in the fuel tanks.

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2004/17feb_radiation.htm?list100309

What I found particularly interesting was a related story (see
end of the NASA article) about the "phantom astronaut" that was
onboard the International Space Station for four months
recently. This phantom astronaut was partially human and part
machine and was used to measure and study the radiation threat
to astronauts on the proposed long duration interplanetary space
flights.

Trivia minded space flight enthusiasts would be interested to
know that back in 1990 'Aviation Week & Space Technology', also
sometimes known as 'Aviation Leak...' created much interest over
their "Human Skull Launched Into Space On Secret Military
Shuttle Flight" article. The actually identity of the person the
human head came from and the identity of the person(s) that flew
in space as the "phantom astronaut" was not known but very
likely came from India where many human skeletons that are used
in medical schools originate.

Since much of the radiation in deep space consists of fast
moving charged particles that come from the Sun and we know that
a magnetic field deflects moving charged particles, if we
generate a strong enough magnetic field in the Sun pointing end
of our spacecraft, we should be able to create a radiation-free
cone around the crew. Since some UFOs are known to have caused
car engines to stop working, electric lights to turn off and
other types of electrical interference, this suggests that they
are interplanetary spacecraft with strong magnetic fields around
them to protect their biological operators from the same
radiation that threatens our astronauts.


Nick Balaskas




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