Cost Cuts? NASA Looks At Deep Sleep for Mars Mission

October 7, 2014 3:50 PM

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Cost Cuts? NASA Looks At Deep Sleep for Mars Mission

Who needs exercise gear or a galley. Knock the astronauts asleep and wake them up when they get to Mars. That’s what one NASA-backed study looked at.

This deep sleep, called torpor, is already being used to stabilize patients in critical condition at hospitals. Torpor reduces a person’s metabolic functions. It can occur naturally, usually with hypothermia.

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