Thousands desire to colonize Mars, but Is an viable extraterrestrial human civilization possible? This question is asked by scientists from the NASA Research Center “Ames” trying to predict whether humanity could successfully reproduce beyond the planet Earth.
Certainly, cosmonauts sent to colonize the Red Planet should not get pregnant on the road, experts say. High-energy radiation particles will almost certainly sterilize any female embryo conceived in the open space.
This will seriously hinder the building of a successful colony, scientists say, quoted by Daily Mail. DNA that manages the development of the embryos and the work of all cells can easily be damaged by the radiation that will bombard the cosmonauts on the road to Mars – and most likely on the planet itself.
Biophysicist Torre Straume from “Ames”, who calculates the dangers of radiation with two of his colleagues, explained that this is a specific type of harmful radiation. Studies in primates have shown that even small doses of ionizing radiation sufficient to kill most eggs of emerging female embryo in the second half of pregnancy.
If the same principle applies to humans, no girl conceived outside the Earth will be able to give birth.
Solar protuberances are also dangerous, which emit powerful flows of charged particles among the planets. According Straume however is quite possible the astronauts to be protected from them. A tougher enemy was the radiation emanating from outer space outside of the Solar System.
These charged particles can literally explode biological molecules like DNA and easily penetrate the aluminum coating of spacecraft in the open space. Strong radiation can also lead to mentally retarded newborns with multiple health risks.
According to NASA’s Code of Conduct, astronauts must at all times maintain “trusted relationships” with each other and strive for “professional standards.” Whether these standards will apply to sex in space only future will show.