Ex-astronaut Thirsk will help determine the place of Canada in a mission to Mars
The Canadian Space Agency says former astronaut Robert Thirsk is the only person on Earth who meets all the requirements
The Canadian space agency says it wants to hire former astronaut Robert Thirsk to figure out how to bring medical experience to a man’s mission to Mars.
Thirsk is a doctor with a Canadian record for time spent in space, thanks to an extended mission to the International Space Station in 2009.
These are two of the qualifications that the space agency considers necessary for a $ 95,000 contract, which it publishes today, saying that Thirsk is the only person on Earth who meets all the requirements.
The job is to spend the next two years determining what Canadian scientists and health experts can do to help astronauts outside of low-Earth orbit, and sell the benefits of investing in space health science to the public.
Long space missions destroy the muscles and bones of astronauts, expose them to radiation and can even damage their senses.
Thirsk led the agency's expert group, which recommended working to minimize these dangers, namely how Canada helps mankind to explore space.
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