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Health Risks Of Mars Mission Would Exceed Nasa Limits

Board of Md. health-insurance exchange votes to hire Deloitte to overhaul it

Therefore, any long-term or deep space missions which are still decades off need a special level of ethical scrutiny, said the report by the Institute of Medicine. "These types of missions will likely expose crews to levels of known risk that are beyond those allowed by current health standards, as well as to a range of risks that are poorly characterized, uncertain, and perhaps unforeseeable," said the IOM report. Currently, astronauts are launched into low-Earth orbit, where they spend three to six months at a time aboard the International Space Station. But journeys to Mars could take up to 18 months. NASA has said it aims to send people to the Red Planet by the 2030s, and is working on building a heavy duty launcher and spacecraft for this purpose. Health risks from short-term missions in space can include nausea, weakness, blurred vision, while long-term risks include radiation-induced cancer and the loss of bone mass. Given the uncertain risks of exploring further into space than ever before, NASA asked the IOM to develop an ethics framework to guide decisions in the future of human spaceflight. "The committee finds relaxing (or liberalizing) current health standards to allow for specific long duration and exploration missions to be ethically unacceptable," the report said.
Health risks of Mars mission would exceed NASA limits

This computer-generated images depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch morning light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

OMalley and Brown issued a statement after the vote Tuesday that emphasized the parts of the health exchange that have worked well. They said hiring Deloitte would ensure that the online functions also were up to par. Marylands health exchange website did not meet expectations a source of great frustration, especially for those who were trying to obtain healthcare for the very first time, the statement said. The vendors we hired failed to build us the platform they promised. So now that the first open enrollment period has ended, weve decided to upgrade our website. Maryland officials were warned for more than a year of grave and growing problems with the design and functionality of the system, according to a Washington Post investigation . Since the systems failed launch, the state has been attempting to fix the system, hiring a series of consultants and firing the original contractor. Brown has said that he was not given any day-to-day responsibilities in managing the exchange and was caught off guard by the extent of the Web sites problems. On Tuesday, Brown was highly critical of the contractors hired by the state, saying we fired the vendors who couldnt get the job done. Browns gubernatorial rivals have seized on the exchanges failures, although a Washington Post poll in mid-February found little evidence that the lieutenant governor has been damaged by the fallout. Residents of overwhelmingly Democratic Maryland, where Obama remains popular, are likely to be more forgiving of problems with the health exchange than voters elsewhere, analysts suggest. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) said Tuesday night that Marylands decision to abandon its system was the direct result of Lt.
Board of Md. health-insurance exchange votes to hire Deloitte to overhaul it

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