NASA tests hibernation tech for future Mars mission

October 8, 2014 2:10 AM

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To dramatically cut the cost of its future manned missions to Mars, NASA is testing a sci-fi sounding technique of placing the crew in stasis. The deep sleep conditions would also reduce psychological challenges for the astronauts during the 180-day trip.

Adopting a technique commonly used in hospitals to bring about stasis, or sleep, in patients undergoing critical care, NASA partnered with Spaceworks, an aerospace engineering firm, to research how inducing hibernation could benefit a crew traveling for six months to Mars.

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