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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

 

SEX AND DEATH ON THE WAY TO MARS


NASA is thinking about tackling the hard topics of sex and death in space on a voyage to Mars. Here's an interesting article from AP about this issue:

http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2007/05/01/on_trip_to_mars_nasa_must_rethink_death/

(Note: The article has been widely reprinted. The version above is one of the few which includes the actual author of the article. That is interesting, because the article contains comments from a number of people, speculation, and reference to a report from NASA that was obtained by the AP using the Freedom of Information Act.

I have not been able to find a link to the NASA report itself. I haven't found it on the NASA site, or any link to it on any of the articles I've looked at. There is a page with reports NASA has made public:

http://standards.nasa.gov/public/public_query_NASA_stds.taf

and this includes one report on spaceflight safety standards. However, it deals primarily with radiation issues:
http://standards.nasa.gov/public/public_detail.taf?Documents_uid1=6618&doc_name=NASA-STD-3001, Volume 1#.)

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