(London Guardian) Traveling to the moon, Mars or beyond could dramatically increase an astronaut's risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, the first research into the long-term health of Apollo spacemen has revealed.
NASA's Apollo programme sent nine manned missions and 24 astronauts beyond low Earth orbit during the 1960s and early 1970s, including Apollo 11, which delivered Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon. But it seems such missions might have taken their toll.
A team of researchers looking into the fate of the Apollo astronauts has discovered that their rate of death from cardiovascular disease is four to five times higher than that seen for astronauts of the same era who only flew in low Earth orbits, or who never flew on an orbital mission at all.
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