When you die on Earth, you generally know what will happen to your body, even if you would rather not. But what happens if you die in space, on Mars, or on the way to Mars?
First, there aren’t really any official protocols in place for what happens to your body when you die in space. Official NASA policy, sent as a file Poopsi statementis that a decision will be made jointly by NASA leadership, international partners, and flight operations.
According to astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield, the space agency is already in “Death simulatorWith astronauts looking at these scenarios.
“If someone dies while in an EVA, I’ll get them inside the airlock first,” Hadfield He said from his conclusion from the exercise. I’d probably keep them inside their zip-up suit; Corpses decompose faster in a spacesuit, and we don’t want the smell of rotting meat or off-gassing, it’s not healthy. So we would keep them in their suit and store it in a cool place at the station.”
on aboard of the plane iss, the problem can be dealt with relatively quickly: temporary storage in the coldest part of the International Space Station, followed by perhaps the most amazing ensembles of graves/funerary harbors in human history. But on longer assignments – say, l Mars Other solutions will be necessary.
You can, of course, dump the corpse into space, turning a former colleague into a potential menace space debris. This is actually contradictory United Nations Space Debris Mitigation Conventionpotentially turning this touching farewell into an international incident.
one alternative suggested by the research team NASA prepared him to attach the corpse, inside a bag, to a robotic arm on the outside of the spaceship. The object will freeze solid, at which point the arm will begin to shake the bag for about 15 minutes until the brittle object breaks into small pieces. The water is allowed to evaporate from the bag through a vent, leaving the ship with about 25 kilograms (55 lb) of residue to bring to land.
like Suzanne Wi-Massack of the eco-friendly burial company Promesa Vice saidAnd “Everything on the ship has to be very minimal and carefully weighed and stored. There’s not a lot of extra space, so if you have a full-sized carcass, where are you going to keep it?”
To that end, there would only be the same number of body bags as the crew members, minus one. like wee cook The extra bag, he said, “couldn’t fill itself.”
But what happens to your body if you get to the Red Planet, and die there?
In terms of operation, again not much has been decided upon – this will likely be discussed between the astronauts on the mission and the return-to-Earth team. NASA is careful not to pollute Mars’s better That cremation is done to kill all the earth’s microbes.
If that wasn’t possible – say, on an early mission to the planet – or something happened to the entire crew, they might have been buried or left on Mars.
Left on Mars, it wouldn’t decompose as it does here on Earth. If you die during the sol, the bacteria will start the natural process of breaking down your body. However, once night falls, your body will freeze over and the bacteria will stop in its tracks. With no bacteria to decompose, your soft tissues are safe and will get you started I became a mummy on Mars.
Without the protection of Earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere, radiation would decompose your body further, but over a much longer period of time, possibly leaving your bones to be found tens of millions of years into the future.