BLUFScientists have discovered that zero gravity can adversely affect the bones of even the healthiest astronauts.
This article by Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, writing for Popular Science, makes the following points:
- A recent study in Scientific Reports found that spending just a few months in space changes astronauts’ bones.
- The loss of bone density is equivalent to what most humans would lose in a couple of decades on Earth.
- More concerning is that even after a year many astronauts have still not recovered their lost bone mass.
- An earlier study, published in 2020, simulated the impact of a three-year spaceflight to Mars, finding a 33 per cent risk of osteoporosis for long-distance travellers.
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References from the Web:
- JAN 2022 Astronauts are losing 3 million red blood cells every second in space—Popular Science
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