“We must reach far beyond than our own lifespans…”
This is the principal theory of the much awaited Christopher Nolan’s Sci-Fi movie, ‘Interstellar’, which anticipates to find a way for our existence in deep space… Interestingly, it seems that NASA has taken this concept of ‘reaching far beyond’ a bit more literally, as for the first time an endorsed statement came from the officials that NASA is planning for a Manned ‘Mission to Mars’ via Cryosleep…
During this year’s ‘International Astronomical Congress’, which took place from Sept 29th to Oct 3rd in Toronto, NASA teamed up with ‘Spaceworks’, an Atlanta based aerospace company, that is investigating procedures for putting space crews into hibernation. But this doesn’t mean that the entire crew will be snoozing in their capsules, when the whole world are keeping their trust on them as atleast one crew member will be awake at a time for two to three days before going back into stasis for 14 days.
Cryosleep, which can also be referred as ‘Cryostasis’ is a process by which the person is brought into sleep and thus slowing the life processes by exogenous or endogenous means… This technology is different from that of the Cryopreservation, which can only be legally performed on humans after they have been pronounced dead.
Therapeutic torpors will be used to reduce the body metabolism and temperatures, which naturally happens during hypothermia. During the mission, the torpor would be induced via a ‘Rhinochill’ – a device that uses invasive tubes to shoot cooling liquid up the nose and into the base of the brain.
The upcoming Sci-Fi movie, Interstellar greatly reflects this concept of Cryosleep, where the crew is made to hibernate in cryo capsules, which keep them alive for the journey to the other end of the space and thus to save the humanity from extinction… Cryosleep is not such a new concept for the movie enthusiasts as many major films counting Avatar, Aliens and 2001: A Space Odyssey have already depicted it.
Though the Mission to Mars comprises around ‘180 days of Space travel’ and carries no direct comparison with the ‘Interstellar travelling’, visionaries say that Cryostasis is not just the solution for keeping the cosmonauts alive for longer periods, but it may also reduce the total expenses of the cruise as there will be a drastic reduction in the size of the spaceships, there won’t be need for food, oxygen and other equipment to keep the crew occupied throughout the voyage as most of the time they will be in deep stasis…
Now how do you think ‘Captain America’ survived years together without having his daily diet…?