LIVING IN SPACE
Sci-fi movies used to be based on imaginations and dreams but more recently, films like Passengers (2016) seem like a probable solution to the future when Earth is no longer a viable planet to live on. Advancement in technology and science research not only helps us improve lives on Earth, but also builds on the knowledge of space travel. This issue, we look at the latest breakthroughs and discussions in NASA and ESA. What are some common problems our body might struggle with in space, and what is needed for us to settle among the stars (p32).
Within the movie, passengers had their body temperatures lowered to slow down biological processes and put into an induced hibernation mode. This technique is currently in discussion as a way to put astronauts to sleep in longdistance space flights. Alternatively, there is the method of cryogenic preservation as a way of “cheating death”. People are paying large sums of money to preserve their bodies in hope that future scientific progression will allow them to have a chance of waking up and living in another era. We look at the pros and cons of this technology (p52).
Not many of us may know this but the 2017 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony took place last December and, amongst many world scientist and laureates, a Singaporean student had the opportunity to receive a prize on the coveted stage. Read more about her story on (p26).
That’s all for now, keep wandering your minds and enjoy the issue.