Forget about ALIENS, NASA astronauts’ biggest threat is HERPES | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Forget about ALIENS, NASA astronauts’ biggest threat is HERPES

The effects of micro-gravity and cosmic radiation – without Earth’s atmosphere to protect one’s self – can wreak havoc on the immune system. A new study from NASA has revealed that the Herpes virus can sometimes be re-awakened when a person leaves Earth and is put into the conditions of space. The space agency found that some 53 percent of astronauts who embarked on short-term space shuttle flights show signs of herpes, and that number rose to 61 percent of those who were on longer ISS missions.

Other viruses which were present in the astronauts’ urine samples included chickenpox, shingles and, most prominently, oral and genital herpes.

The study’s lead researcher, Dr Satish Mehta of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, said: “During space flight there is a rise in secretion of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which are known to suppress the immune system.

“In keeping with this, we find that astronaut's immune cells—particularly those that normally suppress and eliminate viruses—become less effective during spaceflight and sometimes for up to 60 days after.

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