Astronauts On Mars Would Risk DNA Damage

DeMonchaux30Sad news for hopes of future visits to the red planet — anyone who journeys to Mars could come back with their DNA adversely altered, Russian scientists warn. Mars Daily explains:

Future astronauts working on the Red Planet’s surface risk general changes in health at the DNA level because of increased radiation exposure, a prominent Russian academic said on Monday.

“According to our estimates, researchers on the surface of Mars can expect a number of adverse factors, such as cardiac arrhythmia, sensory impairments, changes at the DNA level, and demineralization of bone tissue,” Anatoly Grigoryev, the deputy head of Russia’s Academy of Sciences, told at a presentation at the International Symposium on the results of ground-based experiment Mars-500.

The unique Moscow-based Mars-500 experiment was completed on November 4. It attempted to recreate at least some of the conditions of a flight to the Red Planet by locking six men away in a mock spacecraft.

11 Comments on "Astronauts On Mars Would Risk DNA Damage"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | May 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm |

    Too bad they didn’t have a test for that sort of thing before they settled Alabama.

  2. chinagreenelvis | May 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

    When asked, “What if the astronauts just wore suits?” the Russian scientists replied, “Oh. Well, then they would be fine.”

  3. Nicholas Zaghi | May 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm |

    Anyone see this article???  then ask yourself how they know what the risks would be….

  4. Outlaw Kit | May 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm |

    Why is this all a problem for Mars, but it wasn’t for the Moon? (or was it?)

    • The Moon didn’t take months to get to, require months spent living on, and then months getting back from.

  5. Space is going to be problematic … 

  6. NoDnaDamageOnMars | May 5, 2012 at 10:04 am |

    I’ve been to Mars twice with no damage to my DNA. I didn’t wear a suit.

  7. It is going to require genetic tampering and/or cybernetic implants. Reminds me of Man Plus by Frederik Pohl…

  8. howiebledsoe | May 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

    The Russians just don’t want us going there. Why else do they call it the “Red Planet?”

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