Could alien microbes make their way to Earth?

A new report digs into plans to protect our planet from alien microbes or cross-contamination from other worlds, also known as "planetary quarantine."

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Astronaut advice: how to cope with social distancing

If you think social distancing is tough, imagine doing it in space. Veteran astronaut Michael E. Fossum offers some tips on coping with isolation.

Texas A&M University • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~10 min

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Big questions: What does the universe look like?

What does the universe look like? Get the answer to this and other spacey questions straight from the experts in this video.

Drew Sykes-NC State • futurity
Sept. 11, 2019 ~1 min

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Spaceflight affects gut bacteria the same way every time

Following a study of astronaut twins and their gut bacteria, reserchers have found that spaceflight affects the microbiome in a consistent way.

Northwestern U. • futurity
Sept. 3, 2019 ~7 min

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How human waste will help feed Mars astronauts

A long-term trip to Mars will require new ways to make food and water. In this podcast episode, an expert explains the trip and why human waste will be key.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Aug. 19, 2019 ~1 min

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Twin astronauts show how mitochondria handle space

Astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days in space. His twin brother, astronaut Mark Kelly, stayed on Earth. Here's how their mitochondria compare.

Mollie Rappe-Brown • futurity
April 11, 2019 ~2 min

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Mars trip could mess with ‘rookie’ immune systems

"What NASA and other space agencies are concerned about is whether or not the immune system is going to be compromised during very prolonged spaceflight missions."

U. Arizona • futurity
Feb. 4, 2019 ~5 min

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Astronauts’ brains float a little higher in their skulls

Scans of astronauts' brains before and after time in space reveal some interesting changes.

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
Jan. 24, 2019 ~4 min

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