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The tech we need for Deep Space exploration

Nautilus-X module

Nautilus-X is a concept for an artificial gravity-creating module for a deep space mission. Image credit: Nasa

Weightlessness is bad for you. When astronauts lands in Kazakhstan after six months aboard the ISS, they've lost roughy 12% of their bone mass, and can't even walk unassisted. If only we could artificially create gravity aboard long-period spacecraft, or at Lunar/Martian bases, as envisaged in every single sci-fi movie ever made.

A couple of years ago Nasa developed a US$3.7 billion concept called Nautilus-X for a module that could provide artificial gravity – initially attached to the ISS – by using a spinning centrifuge to generate enough G-force to create between 51-69% of Earth's gravity. Nautilus-X is designed to be a deep space exploration vehicle that could get astronauts to Mars in a fit enough state to begin exploring immediately.

Jamie Carter

Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and Space.com. He also edits two of his own websites, TravGear.com and WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015),