Astronauts traveling to Mars could be placed in an artificial hibernation state, according to a European Space Agency (ESA).
Speaking to The Telegraph , Professor Mark McCaughrean, Senior Science Advisor in the Directorate of Science at ESA, revealed that the state could heal
He explained: "The idea is that you would sleep for the journey so you would use much fewer consumables.
"Sleeping is not the same as hibernation, because if you hibernate lower body temperature and you reduce everything else, oxygen and so on."
Placing astronauts in this state could also prevent fights from breaking out between astronauts during the journey, according to Professor McCaughrean.
He added: On the way, they're going to have killed each other. "
While the idea of placing astronauts in a hibernation state may sound far-fetched, ESA is already carrying out experiments on animals.
Professor McCaughrean said: “We are doing experiments now on artificial hibernation to put someone under seven months, and not worry about food. We are talking about how we would do it. You do it with animal tests and we have programs that look like ".
However, there are several obstacles to overcome before these tests can be carried out on humans.
He added: "We are nowhere near doing it because there are all the ethical questions about how you would do it."
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