(Image Source: NASA)

 

BY MEREDITH BALDWIN

 

They’ve gone to the moon and back all in the name of science — but now, some astronauts are having to stick closer to earth. That’s because they’ve become somewhat of a science experiment themselves. Here’s CNN with why:

 

 “The future of human, deep-space flight could be riding literally on astronaut eyesight.”

 

NASA’s already figured out how to get astronauts into space. Now, the Orlando Sentinel is saying its next feat is making sure those astronauts can see when they get there.

 

 “A newly discovered eye condition — found to erode the vision of some astronauts who've spent months aboard the International Space Station has doctors worried that future explorers could go blind by the end of long missions, such as a multi-year trip to Mars.”

 

Although the mission to Mars is still several years away, NASA’s working to make sure the trek won’t cost astronauts their eyesight. Here’s QRCodePress with details about a set of high-tech eyeglasses designed to keep them seeing stars:

 

 “The glasses use augmented reality to paint an accurate, digital display of the landscape over the real world environment. This display would allow pilots to see their way in situations that would otherwise make them blind.”

 

 

No one knows exactly what the extended mission will do to the eyes of astronauts. But the Los Angeles Times studied the numbers behind shorter missions:

 

 “According to one NASA survey of about 300 astronauts, nearly 30% of those who have flown on space shuttle missions — which usually lasted two weeks — and 60% who have completed six-month shifts aboard the station reported a gradual blurring of eyesight.”

 

For now, NASA’s making sure everyone going up in space gets extensive pre- and post-flight eye exams. 

Does Space Travel Damage Eyesight?

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Mar 14, 2012

Does Space Travel Damage Eyesight?

(Image Source: NASA)

 

BY MEREDITH BALDWIN

 

They’ve gone to the moon and back all in the name of science — but now, some astronauts are having to stick closer to earth. That’s because they’ve become somewhat of a science experiment themselves. Here’s CNN with why:

 

 “The future of human, deep-space flight could be riding literally on astronaut eyesight.”

 

NASA’s already figured out how to get astronauts into space. Now, the Orlando Sentinel is saying its next feat is making sure those astronauts can see when they get there.

 

 “A newly discovered eye condition — found to erode the vision of some astronauts who've spent months aboard the International Space Station has doctors worried that future explorers could go blind by the end of long missions, such as a multi-year trip to Mars.”

 

Although the mission to Mars is still several years away, NASA’s working to make sure the trek won’t cost astronauts their eyesight. Here’s QRCodePress with details about a set of high-tech eyeglasses designed to keep them seeing stars:

 

 “The glasses use augmented reality to paint an accurate, digital display of the landscape over the real world environment. This display would allow pilots to see their way in situations that would otherwise make them blind.”

 

 

No one knows exactly what the extended mission will do to the eyes of astronauts. But the Los Angeles Times studied the numbers behind shorter missions:

 

 “According to one NASA survey of about 300 astronauts, nearly 30% of those who have flown on space shuttle missions — which usually lasted two weeks — and 60% who have completed six-month shifts aboard the station reported a gradual blurring of eyesight.”

 

For now, NASA’s making sure everyone going up in space gets extensive pre- and post-flight eye exams. 

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