Traveling into space: Extraordinary or dangerous?

One of America’s biggest achievements was sending a man to the moon in the 1960s. After that, flying into space became a normal thing for us Americans. Traveling to Mars has been a new innovation for our country. Although this event seems like an incredible experience for our astronauts, studies have recently shown that it can be a very dangerous ordeal. The harmful radiation in space would be the cause of this so-called dangerous talk about traveling to Mars. In order to prove this, researchers exposed rodents to charged particles, which are parallel to particles on Mars. The results of this experiment concluded that the rodents had brain damage, neural inflammation and impaired memory. There is also a worry of potentially long-term central nervous system complications including memory deficits, anxiety, depression and impaired decision-making. After reading all of this information, the question comes down to is the incredible experience of a lifetime worth risking your life?

Verger, R. (2016). Astronauts Going To Mars Could Face Brain Damage, Study Warns. Retrieved October 11, 2016, from

One thought on “Traveling into space: Extraordinary or dangerous?

  1. Allison, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on traveling to Mars. I definitely do not think risking your life or ruining your life is worth whatever is up there. I think as technology improves we will eventually be able to have a better understanding of life on Mars without having to actually send humans there.


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