December 19, 2018
HUMANS 2.0 Mars Colonists ‘Will Become Super-Mutants with Cancer-Immune Skin’ – but Could DIE ‘If They Mate with Earthlings’, Scientist Warns.
Nasa hopes to land humans on Mars in the 2030s
BY HARRY PETTIT, SENIOR DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE REPORTER
21st May 2019, 11:39 am
THE FIRST humans on Mars will quickly become too fragile to have sex with. That's according to one scientist, who reckons colonists will warp into super-mutants who'll keel over the moment they bonk an Earthling.
Nasa wants to land humans on Mars by 2033
China's C-Space Mars Project welcomes its first visitors and the base looks like Star Wars planet Tatooine. Nasa is keen to land humans on Mars in the 2030s with an eye on setting up a permanent Martian colony.
Settlers will have to survive suffocating temperatures and deadly radiation – an experience that may strip them of their humanity altogether, says Rice University professor Scott Solomon. He told Inverse that colonists' DNA will rapidly mutate to help them ride out Mars's brutal conditions.
Over time, they'll develop cancer-proof skin to survive the extra solar radiation, and denser bones to cope with Mars's low-gravity conditions. Colonists will be hit by deadly solar radiation
On top of this, inhabitants will be exposed to almost none of the bacteria and viruses found on Earth, effectively nullifying their immune systems.
According to Professor Solomon, who is an evolutionary biologist at Rice, it will only take Mars colonists two generations to become super-mutants. "Evolution is faster or slower depending on how much of an advantage there is to have a certain mutation," Professor Solomon says. "If a mutation pops up for people living on Mars, and it gives them a 50-percent survival advantage, that’s a huge advantage, right? And that means that those individuals are going to be passing those genes on at a much higher rate than they otherwise would have."
He added that contact with humans may become deadly for Martians. With no immune system, they'll quickly succumb to any illnesses or diseases carried by their human lovers.
Mars colonists could become very different to their Earthling ancestors
EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM SPACE TRAVEL:
Here are some of the health impacts...Muscle wasting: Spending long periods of time without using your muscles causes your body to begin breaking them down Loss of bone density: Ditto for your bones, which become more brittle during long periods in space Radiation poisoning: You're exposed to much more cosmic radiation without the protection of Earth's ozone layer Loneliness: Spending long periods away from friends and family can make astronauts feel isolated and lonely
These are all issues that Nasa will have to consider as it prepares to land man on the Moon by 2024, before heading to Mars in 2033. The space agency is already pumping cash into research on the long-term effects of space travel.
One study in Germany has seen participants handed £14,000 to sit in bed and watch telly for two months. Scientists are testing how prolonged periods of low gravity during long-distance spaceflight affects the human body. The surface of Mars is a hostile place.
In other space news, Nasa's manned mission to Mars could be delayed by 25 years as experts warn of radiation, health scares and food shortages.
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