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  1. Christina Koch lands safely after 328 days in orbit. Note that she still needs a chair....in terms of going to Mars. But in a lot better shape than earlier duration flight astronauts/cosmonauts.


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    2. OftenWrong


      Still, one can only imagine how bad it could get if things get catty... in outer space!

    3. Argus


      It was always the women who got into fights when I worked for the government. There were always feuds and cattiness and rivalries, and it didn't matter if they were in their 20s or 50s. The men got along and did our jobs.

    4. DogOnPorch


      Ultimately, Mars is significantly lower gravity than Earth, so if some of the atrophy can be avoided by vigorous exercise and such, perhaps they can still pull off a Mars mission in the near future. A free return fly-by might also be a goal as a sort of test mission...but it might not be worth going all that way to Mars and not land...politically as well as realistically. 

      Phobos would also be a likely target for a manned mission + base of some sort...a ready made space station. Very low gravity...practically dock with it rather than land. But there's still some...

      Bringing gravity with you...so to speak...is the other obvious route. A rotating section that pulls a certain percentage of 1G....for example. Or power assisted suits for the crew to make-up for lost muscle.


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