A former astronaut of Tirsk to help defining Canada's place in the Mars mission
Canadian Space Agency says former astronaut Robert Tearsk is the only person on earth who suits the law
The Canadian Space Agency says it wants to hire a former astronaut Robert Tirsk to help find out how to contribute medical expertise for a human mission on Mars.
Thirsk is a physician who has a Canadian record of time spent in space, thanks to the expanded mission of the International Space Station in 2009.
These are two of the qualifications that the space agency deems necessary for a $ 95,000 contract that it announces today, saying Thirsk is the only person on the Earth that suits the law.
Work includes spending over the next two years to determine what Canadian scientists and health experts can do to help astronauts out of the Earth's low orbit and selling to the public the benefits of investing in space science.
Long missions degrade the muscles and bones of astronauts, expose them to radiation, and can damage their senses.
Thirsk led an expert commission of the agency that recommended working to minimize these dangers, should be how Canada helps the human race explore space.
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