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 Post subject: Human Tolerances for Space Travel
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:51 am 
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National radio in the Great White North led me to a new study being run in Hawaii looking at food/diet on a simulated Mars mission http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hi-seas/. This got me a-thinking about crewing ships in the Ten Worlds.

If ships are only patrol for months at a time, would turn-around between missions be limited by ongoing maintenance or human tolerances of micro-G environments, radiation, poor diet etc? My guess is the human factor would be more limiting (at least until a ship nears the end of it's useful life). Does anyone have insights on this?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:21 am 
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Douglas Barker wrote:
National radio in the Great White North led me to a new study being run in Hawaii looking at food/diet on a simulated Mars mission http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hi-seas/. This got me a-thinking about crewing ships in the Ten Worlds.

If ships are only patrol for months at a time, would turn-around between missions be limited by ongoing maintenance or human tolerances of micro-G environments, radiation, poor diet etc? My guess is the human factor would be more limiting (at least until a ship nears the end of it's useful life). Does anyone have insights on this?


One of the background assumptions (and mentioned in passing in RIGHT OF PASSAGE) is that crews take calcium supplements to reduce bone loss, and that the sleepwear that they use does electrical stimulation of the muscles to reduce muscle mass loss. It's a known problem with a known (imperfect) solution. Even so, most ship captains REALLY look forward to docking to a base/can city for spin gravity for a few weeks.

Not the least of which is that things smell better, and food tastes better.

We don't know if cruise thrust (4-8 milligees) is enough thrust to help counteract the "round face" problem and sinusitis, so I've not written it into the setting either way - soon enough we may know.

(There is also a part of me that feels trepidation about the James Webb Space Telescope. We'll know, within a decade or so, whether or not any of the stars with planets of interest in the Ten Worlds setting have planets of the right mass and the right place...and what seems like lovely extrapolative fiction may end up being more like Barsoom...)

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