With humans continuing our long, slow journey into space, it’s only a matter of time before children are conceived and born in space, whether it’s on a space station like the ISS or a colony on Mars. But future generations of space babies — and perhaps Martians, technically speaking — could run into a number of problems. Humans are pretty good at having babies on Earth, because we’ve been doing it for quite some time, but other environments might not be so kind to developing fetuses, which couldn’t be expected to recover from the stretched spines and swollen faces that astronauts return to Earth with so easily.
Take a look to learn how low gravity and other concerns, like radiation exposure, mean that taking humanity into space could make having a kid even more complicated than it already is.
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