Most of us get tired during long journeys and even fall asleep halfway through the trip. Now imagine travelling for 140 million miles in space to Mars.
Sustaining human life during the trip is the problem and the solution, Hibernation!
Although currently limited in its use on earth at the moment Hibernation is possible and one company with NASA’s backing is working to make it part of future interplanetary travel plans.
Mars Travel is looking more likely with each passing year as new technology is being developed to facilitate the long flights that take several months to get to you destination the Big Red Planet.
“Fourteen days is the point we have pretty high confidence that we can get to,” said John Bradford, SpaceWorks president and former NASA engineer.
Hibernating would allow for smaller ships to transport humans to Mars. That’s two weeks straight with the body’s core temperature lowered by around 9 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius). The point of going hypothermic like that is to induce a sleep state called torpor that reduces the body’s metabolic rate by as much as 50 percent to 70 percent, which means less consumption of oxygen and other resources. It’s similar to what happens when bears hibernate.