According to a NASA study, the medical risks — both physical and psychological — of long journeys in space remain are far greater than the public has been led to believe.

After 40 years of space travel, information on stresses to the body due to space travel has not been properly analyzed. Not enough is known about the dangers of prolonged travel for humans to venture into deep space in a safe and sane manner. Part of the problem comes from ?underreporting? by astronauts about their health problems, due to the confidentiality of data between astronauts and flight surgeons.
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A 28-year-old South African internet tycoon will become the second space tourist after three out of five Russian Space and Aviation Agency departments have approved his mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in April 2002.

The three departments have signed an agreement that would allow South African Mark Shuttleworth to visit the ISS, according to a spokesman. The other two are expected to sign within a week. ?Today Mark had his space suit fitted,? he says. The other four ISS partners – NASA, Japan, Canada and ESA (European Space Agency) ? will still have to agree to his trip.
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