JAKARTA – Like living things in general, astronauts can die if the time comes. No exceptions when I’m in space.
The question is, what is the process like for burying astronauts who died while working in space? Is the process the same as burying the body on Earth?
In United States Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) records, over the past 60 years, only 20 astronauts have died in space.
This figure is relatively low considering that the number of astronauts sent to space has reached 622 people. It’s just that lately missions and space travel have become more frequent.
The more people arrive, the more likely that person is to die in space. So what is the burial process like for people who work in space?
Emmanuel Urquieta, professor of space medicine and emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said efforts to prevent death experienced by astronauts have been well executed. So the health checks for astronauts are very strict indeed.
To achieve this, NASA even created a special team, namely the Translational Research Institute for Space Health. The institute was formed so that the health of the astronauts is truly optimal.
It’s just that death can happen at any moment and if it happens in space, there are still procedures to be done.
“If an astronaut dies in the low Earth orbit area, such as on the International Space Station (ISS), the body will be sent back to Earth within hours,” wrote Emmanuel Urquieta, quoted The conversationWednesday (9/8/2023).
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