Yeah, maybe not…
Those in the former category may want to read a new report regarding the effects of outer space on the human body, however, which states that being in outer space could cause long-term health problems.
The report, which was first published in the New York Times, cites multiple negative effects of outer space on the human body, including the swelling that occurs in the human head – due in part to the fact that humans did not evolve outside of the Earth’s atmosphere.
“Your head actually feels bloated,” Mark E. Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut who flew in space four times, was quoted as saying. “It kind of feels like you would feel if you hung upside down for a couple of minutes.”
Brittle bones, insomnia, loss of appetite and radiation poisoning – which could lead to cancer – were all cited in the report as health complications suffered by former astronauts or that could plague future recruits.
The lack of gravity is also said to negatively affect the body’s neurovestibular system, leaving astronauts with a weakened ability to, literally, determine which way is up. Dizziness is also an issue, according to those who have endured it.