Mission to Mars and Medical Emergencies

AP reporter Mike Schneider considers some of the scary “what if” scenarios of a long-term space flight to Mars. How would a flight crew deal with a medical emergency millions of miles from the nearest hospital? How long would the crew try to save a fellow astronaut’s life before simply pulling the plug? Should crew selection resort to genetic testing and elective appendectomies to reduce the chance of medical emergencies in space?

All I can say is, it would take some mighty brave people to commit to such an expedition.

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