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Monday, October 06, 2014


I'm not really seeing the innovation as this idea has been around for an extremely long time.

Perhaps the article writer is referring to the specific techniques that would be involved. However there is no guarantee that torpor will either be universally effective or universally safe. Plus there will be the danger of a difficult and untimely revival.

And obviously you can't put everyone in torpor, that's far too dangerous.

NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option for Mars Mission

A NASA-backed study explores an innovative way to dramatically cut the cost of a human expedition to Mars -- put the crew in stasis.
Last year, NASA announced the discovery of water on Mars. This posed a question to scientists: Could we grow plants in the soil of Mars? Trace explains what is necessary to grow crops on Earth, and if Mars is able to sustain life. 
The deep sleep, called torpor, would reduce astronauts’ metabolic functions with existing medical procedures. Torpor also can occur naturally in cases of hypothermia.

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“Therapeutic torpor has been around in theory since the 1980s and really since 2003 has been a staple for critical care trauma patients in hospitals," aerospace engineer Mark Schaffer, with SpaceWorks Enterprises in Atlanta, said at the International Astronomical Congress in Toronto this week. "Protocols exist in most major medical centers for inducing therapeutic hypothermia on patients to essentially keep them alive until they can get the kind of treatment that they need.”

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