Published by compdiskinc on September 15, 2017

NASA’s undersea mission to simulate life on Mars

NASA’s undersea mission to simulate life on Mars

WASHINGTON: NASA sends a crew of four crew members to the underside of the Atlantic Ocean, which will simulate 10 days on a deep space mission with similar targets in Mars exploration.
Living and working on them mimics the ocean floor microgravity environment (or serious) that humans live in space, researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) in the United States said.
The crew will make mock space walks, experience communication delays, evaluate a variety of tools and procedures to be used in future space missions, they said.

Sending the mission operation from the NASA Extreme Environment (NEEMO) 22 will begin June 18, when the crew will splatter the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, at the National Marine Sanctuary Keys Florida.
Dominic D’Agostino, associate professor at the University of South Florida is one of four crew members selected for NEEMO 22.
D’Agostino was selected for his research on how extreme environments affect the human body.

One of the countermeasures developed is a method for inducing and maintaining nutritional ketosis with ketone supplement formulations.
Nutritional ketosis moves the body’s metabolic state to burn fat instead of glucose as the primary fuel.

The USF patented method will play a central role in promoting the goals of NEEMO 22, according to the researchers.
D’Agostino will be in a constant state of nutritional ketosis, which was shown to preserve the genome, DNA protection.

“This is beneficial to NASA because it can counteract the neurological risks that accompany space shifts such as space radiation, lack of oxygen and small stress spaces,” said the researchers.
No other crew member will be in this metabolic state, creating a baseline of how environmental factors influence the human body under such extreme conditions.

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