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?
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.
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?
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.