Your Digital Self: How NASA is working to take us deeper into space

Imagine being a deep-space astronaut.

You and your colleagues are floating hundreds of thousands of miles away from Earth, protected from the most hostile environment only by your habitat — an enclosed space station. A lot of things could go wrong, and help is months away. What if a piece of equipment malfunctions? What if a crew member becomes terminally ill, or a space object punctures the hull? You’ll be on your own.

That’s why the habitat needs to be sturdy. Not only does it need to endure space travel, but it must also provide protection from micrometeoroids, space radiation, fires and diseases.

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