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  •  Could the couple return as a 3 person crew? :-) (4+ / 0-)

    All joking aside, haven't heard of the bone density loss problem addressed yet.

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 01:54:24 PM PST

    •  It's been addressed in the sense that (2+ / 0-)
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      they're aware of it, they'll be having the crew doing hard exercise for hours every day, and they're willing to pay the price of whatever bone density losses occur.

      No way they'd fail to take every practical medical precaution against a zero-g pregnancy - that would be a medical experiment nightmare.  Even if it were possible to bring complex animal life to term under such conditions - which it surely isn't - it would be a spherical blob with limbs sticking out at random junctures.

      How can it be a "free" market if you're forced to work for it?

      by Troubadour on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 02:44:36 PM PST

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      •  It remains to be seen ... (1+ / 0-)
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        what the actual crew will be willing to do, what risks they're willing to take, and what price they're willing to pay, especially since their lives don't seem to be the topmost priority to the planners.

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 04:46:05 PM PST

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        •  Nor should their lives be the topmost priority. (0+ / 0-)

          Your life is not the topmost priority of anyone other than you in any other field of human endeavor, yet so far in human spaceflight that's the standard that's been demanded due to politics.  The results have been predictably pitiful, and ironically lethal.

          How can it be a "free" market if you're forced to work for it?

          by Troubadour on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 11:41:37 PM PST

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    •  The designs I've heard of plan rotational (3+ / 0-)
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      artificial gravity. Even easier on a flyby than on a landing mission. The radiation shielding is more of an issue for me. Hoping they manage some sort of magnetic shielding, (like trailing the copper wire for electrical generation that was tried from one of the Shuttle missions, iirc).

      And I imagine that some permanent birth control would be required prior to the mission. One of the pair would almost have to be a physician.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
      ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

      by FarWestGirl on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 03:53:58 PM PST

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    •  It would be a seriously mutated baby with all (0+ / 0-)

      the radiation up there. For that matter, I'm assuming a yound married couple who does this either doesn't have kids to take care of or leaves 'em with the grandparents back home. If they haven't had kids, they might want to save some eggs first, cuz they're going to be coming back home with some seriously fried gonads.

      Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

      by tekno2600 on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 09:52:32 PM PST

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      •  It won't be a young couple. (1+ / 0-)
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        And radiation isn't the reason a space baby would be mutated: Gravity is essential in embryonic cell division when it begins to develop bilateral symmetry.  Experiments with frogs ended up as blobs with limbs sticking out in random angles.

        How can it be a "free" market if you're forced to work for it?

        by Troubadour on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 11:45:53 PM PST

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        •  I didnt know that, cool, in a sciencey way (0+ / 0-)

          ...... Social Security blogathon March 25th thru March 29th. #HandsOffmySS FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

          by Roger Fox on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 03:24:27 PM PST

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