Human Hibernation Could Take Us to Mars, Scientist Claims

Human Hibernation Could Take Us to Mars, Scientist Claims

Will humans ever land on Mars? Well, that’s a tough question to answer. On the one hand, humans have already made some impressive strides in space exploration. We’ve sent probes and landers to Mars, and we’ve even sent a few brave astronauts to the International Space Station. So, it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility that we might someday send a team of intrepid space travelers to the Red Planet to take some selfies in front of Olympus Mons.

On the other hand, there are still a lot of challenges to overcome before we can put human bootprints on the Martian surface. There’s the whole “getting there” thing, which is no small feat. It’s a long way from Earth to Mars, and it’s not like you can just stop at the 7-Eleven for some snacks along the way. There’s also the whole “staying alive” thing, which is a bit of a concern when you’re on a planet that’s about as hospitable as the Sahara Desert during a sandstorm.

But a new theory indicates that hibernation could help humans a lot when it comes to going to Mars. While neither of us has that ability as far as we know (tell us in the comments if you’re an exception!), it could help us a lot. 

Hibernating on our way to Mars?

Dr. Marina Blanco, who’s a research scientist at Duke University, believes that inducing hibernation in humans could indeed be helpful. She explained for Good Health, as the Daily Mail quotes:

Inducing hibernation in humans may be closer to science than to fiction.

It could help us to survive “energetic crises” — for example, seasonal lack of food — and to cope with serious injury by avoiding organ damage and increase longevity.

The average distance between Earth and Mars is about 140 million miles (225 million kilometers). However, the distance between the two planets is not constant because they follow elliptical (oval-shaped) orbits around the Sun.




Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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