“Why am I taller?” Explores what happens to the human body in space

Spaceflight is pushing the human body to new frontiers.

Aside from the stresses riding on supersonic rockets can put on the body, spending long periods of time away from Earth can change the human body in surprising ways. Space-related health effects range from increased risk of infection exposed to radiation And a wide range of genetic mutations in hematopoietic stem cells until Changes in the shape of astronauts’ eyes It turns out that the human body hasn’t really evolved to thrive in the microgravity and radioactive environment of outer space.

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