Serious Health Concerns Raised As Astronauts Found To Be “Weak As 80 YO’s”
August 23, 2010
(ChattahBox) – A study has found that there are serious health risks involved with time in space, with astronauts coming back from six month stays on the International Space Station with bodies “as weak as 80-year-olds”, CTV News reports.
The study raises some questions as to the validity of prolonged missions, which would see astronauts spending years in space on trips to Mars, or onto asteroids for further study of the materials involved in their makeup.
The ability of the crew to conduct even routine work is now in question, as the body of a human is seen to sustain major muscle and tissue damage during time in space. This makes it unlikely they would be able to effectively account for emergency situations, or even the basics of space missions and maintaining the craft.
Even with 1 – 2 hours of exercise, NASA said, the crews in space showed serious muscle deterioration in the calf muscles. Part of this has to do with not enough calories being consumed to account for the conditions in space. Astronauts tend to have poor appetites while in orbit, due to the intense work involved.
NASA believes if the astronauts followed by the strict diet given, then they would see less deterioration and would benefit from the exercise.