This is Your Brain Without Gravity

What happens to your brain when you have no sense of up? Researchers are scanning the brains of astronauts to track just how badly space messes with our ability to think.

Source: This is Your Brain Without Gravity

There’s an increasing amount of data from studies that suggest we simply aren’t made for interstellar travel.  Organs can reorientate themselves, ability to concentrate is compromised, spinal issues…

How Much Whale Oil Is There in Space?

I swear this is not a Hitchhikers guide reference…

This is a real question. Whale oil is a wonderful industrial lubricant and remains liquid at extremely low temperatures. It was almost certainly used in some NASA technology over the decades. But how much whale oil have we sent out into the cosmos?

Source: How Much Whale Oil Is There in Space? More Than You’d Think

Fun fact: US automatic transmission fluid contained whale oil until it was banned in 1973 by the Endangered Species Act. Same goes for:

  • lamps
  • watch oil
  • glycerine
  • detergent
  • rust-proofing

The list goes on, so it could have been a floor wax and a dessert topping.  Good thing the industry found out about the Jojoba plant

Your Children Won’t Be Able To Live In Space, Without A Major Upgrade

We all dream of journeying (or living) among the stars. But space is a spectacularly awful place for humans, and we’re not suited for life there at all. And yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are all the ways we’ll need to re-engineer the human body, in order to make space our home.

In the six decades that we’ve been sending humans into space, scientists have learned just how truly bad it is for us to live off-planet.

Source: Your Children Won’t Be Able To Live In Space, Without A Major Upgrade

The article doesn’t mention that sperm need gravity to find the egg.  Without gravity, children can’t be conceived in space (without artificial insemination).

Why Do Our Immune Systems Falter In Space?

Blasting off into space has a lot of strange consequences for the human body. One of the weirdest, though, is the slow flagging of the immune system in microgravity. So, just what’s happening to your body’s defenses?

Source: Why Do Our Immune Systems Falter In Space?

I’m a little spooked that they’re investigating this aspect now, given the upswing in commercial space flight and eventually travel.  There have been a few cases of extremely wealthy citizens flying into space, but even then – I’m sure the number of can be counted on one hand.