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Prolonged Space Travel may Damage the GI Tract

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Cosmic radiation could adversely affect the digestive tracts of astronauts on a future manned mission to...
Cosmic radiation could adversely affect the digestive tracts of astronauts on a future manned mission to Mars(Credit: NASA)

In more bad news for future voyagers to Mars, a team of scientists at the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) has found the kind of Galactic Cosmic Radiation (GCR) that astronauts will encounter on long space voyages can cause heavy damage to their gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Using animal tissue bombarded by artificial cosmic ray particles, the researchers found that the radiation produces both immediate and long term health problems.

Decades of investigation into the field of space medicine has revealed that space is much more hostile to the human body than once thought. This is especially true of the hazards posed by prolonged exposure to cosmic radiation during long deep-space missions, such as to the planet Mars.

These hazards include increased risks of cancers such as leukemia, damage to the brain and nervous tissue, as well as general radiation sickness. But now it appears that even the GI tract can be affected, with immediate damage to the digestive system and long term danger of increased cancer risks.

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Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

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