Research aims to make astronaut hibernation a reality

08/26/2013 | Space.com

The physical, mental and actual cost of the long journey to Mars might be mitigated due to NASA-funded research on ways to induce hibernation in astronauts. "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."

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