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Astronauts Could Hibernate On Mars Voyage

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Incredible Technology: How Astronauts Could Hibernate On Mars Voyage

By the time humanity is ready to put boots on Mars, the long cruise to the Red Planet may be as easy as a dream.

NASA-funded scientists are investigating ways to induce a hibernation state in astronauts. The work could help bring manned Mars missions closer to reality by making the journey to the Red Planet cheaper, safer and less taxing for crewmembers both psychologically and emotionally, researchers said.

"Every year, it's, 'We're going to go to Mars in 20 or 30 years,'" said project principal investigator John Bradford, of SpaceWorks Engineering in Atlanta. "We plan to help stop that slide. This, we feel like, addresses a number of the key challenges, and maybe we can eliminate some of the technology requirements in multiple areas."

http://www.space.com/22520-incredible-technology-mars-astronauts-suspended-animation.html

Yeh right and let a HAL 9000 variant wake you up with a coffee when you get there!! :yes: . But I do love the possibilities that may one day be a fact of life

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