Fig 1: Common thought of people hearing “life support systems” for missions to Moon and Mars (Image credit: The Martian)

Humans are needy. Just to stay alive, we need a breathable atmosphere, water, food, the right temperature, and more. All these human needs are met by — you guessed it! — the Earth. Carl Sagan called it the “Pale blue dot,” and Douglas Adams described it as “an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet.” Irrespective of where you live on that spectrum, our planet’s natural ecological system has provided conditions that humans have evolved to thrive in. Space, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. It lacks all of the elements needed to support human life. Naturally, we copied Earth’s…

Tarun Bandemegala

Working to make humankind ascend into the cosmos, safely | Attempting to teach the basics of Life Support Systems to everyone | BioAstro | Grad student | SEDS |

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