Humanity is pining after a Martian colony and a colony on the moon. This reignition of interest in space has resulted in commercialized and much more cost-effective launch vehicles and easier access to Earth orbit for research purposes. A new study has, however been undertaken to disprove the worries that humanity will experience significant difficulties and potentially long lasting repercussions as a result of reproducing in space.
How does mice reproducing successfully impact human space exploration?
One of the greatest questions barring mankind from exploring space has been, “Can I have kids in space?” recently, a study in collaboration with NASA proved that it is possible for mammals to reproulose in zero-gravity environments. This knowledge does, however, show a potentially bright future for humans that may one day grow
What does this mean for the future of humanity?
This successful experiment is helping put to rest a debate that has been around since mankind made it to rest. Can humans and other mammals reproduce in micro or zero-gravity without horrific side-effects?
Based on the test that occurred very recently, the answer to this space age dilemma seems to be yes, provided that mice are an effective analogue for humans.
How does this impact society?
This study has helped to pave the way for further experimentation on the topic of human reproduction in the atmosphere. This research may come into play one day soon to assist humanity in colonizing and populating Mars and other worlds within the universe.
How will it impact our lives?
This research may impact the lives of an average person by enabling them to travel the solar system and beyond while still being able to reproduce safely and with minimal to no side-effects to their children. Much like our recent post about mice being given prosthetic ovaries and successfully breeding, studying the effects of micro and zero gravity are likely to be invaluable in moving forward with related human research.
Reproduction is one of the most important factors in the lives of many people, and humanity seems excited to expand outward into the universe. One of the most intense barriers to humanity successfully expanding into space was the fear of reproduction failing on all counts, or resulting in unhealthy offspring outside of Earth.
This study has taken a large step forward in disproving that belief and making space available to the public at large.
Given the value of reproduction to humans on an instinctual level and our innate fear of the unknown, it makes sense that we would be afraid of hostile environments interacting with our reproductive cycles, however, if the mice used in this study are any gauge of how humanity will be affected, it seems likely that we can reproduce and occupy space with minimal issue.