Diagnostic Device Keeps Astronauts Checked Up for Distant Space Trips

 In the future, NASA astronauts journeying into deep space may give themselves a health check-up with the aid of a small medical device developed by a team of scientists, including one from LLNL.

“The point of developing tools like this one is for detecting disease from long-term exposure to microgravity and ionizing radiation,” Coleman said, adding that exposures from space exploration can potentially cause degenerative diseases of the bone, heart and eye, along with raising concerns about cancer.

“Since we don’t fully understand the long-term impacts of space travel, there has been a push by NASA to better understand these effects.”


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