NASA Exploring the Use of Real Hypersleep for Journeys to Mars

Now for a bit of rocket science. This is a video from the Wall Street Journal, reporting that NASA is considering using torpor, a process of inducing deep sleep currently used in medicine, to put astronauts into suspended animation for the journey to Mars. It’s very much like the hypersleep in the Alien movies, and the video opens with a clip from that classic movie. In torpor, the astronauts would be fed intravenously. If successful, the method would cut the cost of getting to the Red Planet by fifty per cent.

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