Virgin Galactic is having problems getting off the ground itself, but when it’s time, some already registered space tourists may be surprised to find that more than money is needed to get aboard.
Space travel for regular folks is almost here. But before jumping on board the nearest spacecraft, amateur astronauts and their doctors might want to consider the health risks.
“Practically only the healthiest people have flown in space so far,” says Marlene Grenon, a vascular surgeon at UCSF who researches the effects of microgravity on the body. Government astronauts go through extensive medical testing and training. But even these extra-fit fliers have suffered ailments ranging from cardiac dysrhythmia to good old-fashioned vomiting. What’s in store for the rest of us?
Grenon is the lead author of a paper in BMJ asking that question. The researchers say that doctors will have plenty to consider before sending their patients to boldly go where no civilian has gone before.
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