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How Astronaut Hibernation for Deep-Space Travel Works (Infographic)

Infographic: How hibernation could aid astronauts on long space flights.
Scientists are hoping to induce an unconscious state in astronauts so that they can be stored in cold capsules for long space flights. (Image credit: by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

Space trips to the other planets would require months of travel through the vacuum of space. Maintaining the crew’s health is a vital concern. If the crew could be induced to hibernate, the problems of survival become easier to solve.

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Karl Tate
Karl's association with SPACE.com goes back to 2000, when he was hired to produce interactive Flash graphics. Starting in 2010, Karl has been TechMediaNetwork's infographics specialist across all editorial properties.  Before joining SPACE.com, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating  news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Karl on Google+.