Dark side of the Moon

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WASH­ING­TON: It may have been a gi­ant leap for mankind but trav­el­ling to the Moon was a step back for the health of as­tro­nauts, re­search shows.

Apollo mis­sions in the 1960s and 1970s ex­posed them to lev­els of ra­di­a­tion that height­ened their risk of fatal heart disease, a study sug­gests.

Sci­en­tists com­pared causes of death for seven lu­nar as­tro­nauts and 35 who only or­bited Earth. They found 43 per­cent of the Apollo as­tro­nauts died from a car­dio­vas­cu­lar prob­lem, com­pared with 11 per­cent of the other group.

The re­searchers, from Florida State Univer­sity in the US, then ex­posed mice to sim­u­lated weight­less­ness and the type of ra­di­a­tion the Apollo as­tro­nauts would have en­coun­tered. Weight­less­ness did not ap­pear to have contributed.

The re­searchers said: “Th­ese data sug­gest that hu­man travel into deep space may be more haz­ardous to car­dio­vas­cu­lar health than pre­vi­ously es­ti­mated.” – Daily Mail

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