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Why do astronauts get sick in space?

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "In the years since astronauts started spending long stretches of time in space, we’ve known that weightlessness has a negative impact on health. The immune response just doesn’t seem to hold up the way it does on Earth. Some research on the International Space Station (ISS) may point to the culprit.

The experiment was conducted by ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter over the course of five months in 2006. Reiter maintained two cultures of human cells: one free-floating in weightlessness and the other in simulated gravity using a centrifuge. The preserved cells were later examined back on Earth and the weightless cells were in markedly worse shape than the ones kept in simulated gravity. It took some time to sort out, but researchers now think they know what cellular process is being short circuited by weightlessness."

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gravity, radiation (1)

cenerentolo (2817897) | about a year and a half ago | (#42832149)

doubtless related as the electrons mashed together from our iron core keep out anything else but the electromagnetic frequency that dna has evolved as a support of evolving life.... if we dont have that particular protection, radiation is a holepunch for our dna. if we actually CREATE artificial gravity and gin it up to earth's radioactive wavelength, will that push out enough radiation in and of itself to protect us from the solar rays and provide a window into solutions for quandries of interstellar travel?
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