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Why females make the best astronauts ?

Female astronauts just might have an edge over males when it comes to
long-haul space exploration, says the latest episode of RiAus’s A Week
in Science.

If you’re banking on getting a ticket to Mars, you might actually have
an advantage if you’re a woman. Why? Well, a big part of it is how males
and females differ physiologically, says the latest episode of RiAus’s A Week in Science above
Research has shown that women can have stronger hearts, which means
they could potentially handle low oxygen and low gravity environments
better than their male counterparts. And experiments have shown that
their bodies are also better equipped to withstand the vibrations and
radiation they’ll face when space-travelling.
And in terms of how we handle the psychological challenges of being
out in space, research has shown that women might actually deal better
with the isoloation and lack of sensory input that comes from a long
duration of interplanetary travel.

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But if none of that convinces you, you can’t argue with the dollars and cents of it, says RiAus. When it comes to economics, they say,
women are on average lighter, and the Mars simulation that has been
running in Hawaii has found that they expend less than half the calories
of their male peers, which means you only have to stock half as much
food for them.
And if you compare a small woman with a large man, you’re
going to need about half the total resources for the woman, which means
a lighter spacecraft, so less fuel. Watch the latest epiosde of RiAus’s A Week in Science above to find out more.
Source: RiAus


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