SECTIONS

 — Sponsored by Ghost Hunter Apps

 

Boiling Blood and Radiation

Irene Klotz, 02/11/2019

5 Ways Mars Can Kill  

Radiation exposure is among the top health risks for Mars astronauts, but the Red Planet poses many other dangers as well.

The most immediate threat to human health on Mars is the low pressure of the planet's atmosphere, which is about 100 times thinner than Earth’s.

"If you are unprotected on Mars … your blood would boil, even at ambient temperature," said planetary scientist Pascal Lee, who's based at NASA's Ames Research Center and the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, both in California.

"All the gases that are dissolved in your bloodstream [would] just turn into bubbles," he said during a webcast interview at the 2017 Humans to Mars Summit, which is underway this week in Washington, D.C.

"Like popping a can of Coke, you would fizz to death," Lee said. "And that's within seconds."

So low atmospheric pressure would kill an unprotected Mars explorer faster than anything else. The four other ways the Red Planet can get you, listed in chronological order, are, according to Lee:

1. Carbon dioxide atmosphere

Earth's atmosphere is about 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen, with trace amounts of water vapor, carbon dioxide and other gases. By comparison, Mars' atmosphere is 95 percent carbon dioxide.

"We need to breathe oxygen," said Lee. "There's no free oxygen in the Martian atmosphere. You cannot breathe this gas. You would die of hypoxia within minutes."

2. Freezing temperature

During a summer day on Mars, the temperature at the equator can reach as high as 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius), but the nighttime temperatures are deadly. On average, the temperature plunges to about minus 80 degrees F (minus 62 degrees C).

"This is something that would kill you over the course of hours if you are not properly warmed," Lee said.

3. Dust

Mars is covered with toxic dust that is also finely grained and abrasive, and all of those traits are bad news for human lungs, Lee said. "You would die over the course of weeks if you were exposed to Martian dust," he said.

4. Radiation

The lack of a global magnetic field on Mars, coupled with the planet's thin atmosphere, means that high-energy cosmic rays and solar particles shower the Martian surface.

The long-term goal of the U.S. space program is a human mission to Mars in the mid-2030s, NASA has said. The agency is currently developing more than three dozen technologies to ensure human health and support science goals for exploration beyond Earth orbit.

Boiling Blood and Radiation

 
HEADLINES
IN THE NEWS

ALL FISH FROM PACIFIC TEST POSITIVE FOR RADIATION FROM FUKUSHIMA
“No cause for concern” … nothing to see here. Do you really believe that?...
— A. Leaf (strangeradiocentral.com)

Exorcists are back and people are getting hurt
The rise of exorcism in Catholic and evangelical churches is like a new Inquisition. But there are w...
— A. Leaf (strangeradiocentral.com)

A Giant Severed Wolf Head From 40,000 Years Ago Has Been Unearthed in Siberia
Preserved since the last Ice Age...
— Finn Sawyer (strangeradiocentral.com)

Bitcoin Threatens To 'Take Power' From The U.S. Federal Reserve
Despite the volatile crypto markets, we’re seeing governments and businesses adopting blockchain tec...
— S. Rogan (strangeradiocentral.com)

Hypersonic Weapons Are Almost Here
And They Will Change War Forever...
— Finn Sawyer (strangeradiocentral.com)

How the Jews Invented God, and Made Him Great
It took a traumatic crisis to make him into the all-powerful creator of the world...
— A. Leaf (strangeradiocentral.com)

MORE NEWS

'Holy sh*t, what is that?' When Top Gun Pilots Tangled with a Baffling Tic-Tac-Shaped UFO
Fighter pilots and radar operators from the USS Nimitz describe their terrifying—and still inexplica...
— S. Rogan (strangeradiocentral.com)

Senators receive classified briefing on UFO sightings
US senators and the Senate Intelligence committee received a classified briefing about reported enco...
— A. Leaf (strangeradiocentral.com)

Turns Out Buying a Chinese Knock-Off Predator Drone Is a Bad Idea
The country of Jordan is experiencing some serious buyer's remorse...
— Finn Sawyer (strangeradiocentral.com)

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma says the US wasted trillions on warfare instead of investing in infrastructure
Alibaba founder Jack Ma fired a shot at the United States in an interview at the World Economic Foru...
— Finn Sawyer (strangeradiocentral.com)

A Look at the History of Jews and Money
An exhibit at the Jewish Museum London showcases the old, vicious stereotype with the aim of debunki...
— Finn Sawyer (strangeradiocentral.com)

Beneath Antarctica’s Ice Is a Graveyard of Dead Continents
Data from a European satellite has revealed the tectonic underworld below the frozen southernmost co...
— S. Rogan (strangeradiocentral.com)

Man who set up camera to catch a ghost instead catches girlfriend's affair with his 16-year-old son
The father had set up a camera to capture ghosts he believed were haunting his house....
— Finn Sawyer (strangeradiocentral.com)

The FBI looked into Bigfoot legend, and you can read the documents
Get ready to join the bureau's X-Files division...
— A. Leaf (strangeradiocentral.com)

What Is a Satoshi?
It is the Smallest Unit on the Bitcoin Blockchain. But there is more to know....
— Finn Sawyer (strangeradiocentral.com)

A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets A Real Test
Scientists have debated for decades whether the propulsion concept known as EmDrive is real or wishf...
— S. Rogan (strangeradiocentral.com)

U.S. and Australian navy pilots struck by lasers in South China Sea
China denied that its forces targeted military aircraft...
— Finn Sawyer (strangeradiocentral.com)

Mongols motorcycle gang fined $500K — but get to keep logo
Genghis Khan might ride again...
— A. Leaf (strangeradiocentral.com)

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
SPREAKER |  TWITTER |  FACEBOOK |  SOUNDCLOUD |  YOUTUBE

STRANGERADIOCENTRAL.com
"Quality Internet Radio and Podcast Production."
© Copyright - AO2 IT CORP. - 2019. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy

 
StrangeRadioCentral.com