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Travel to the moon, soon?


Traveling to the moon might become a reality. The White House National Space Council issued a legislative proposal to provide authrization and supervision for novel U.S. private sector space activities such as commercial space stations, in-space assembly and manufacturing, and mining on the moon, among others. It also would expand the FAA's licensing authority to include the operation of human spaceflight vehicles in outer space and if the operation is for the sole purpose of conducting in-space transportation.

And while up there, it might safe for humans to become pregnant in space. "There is a possibility of pregnancy during a future trip to Mars because it will take more than six months to travel there," says Teruhiko Wakayama at the University of Yamanashi in Japan, who led a study to explore the safety of having children in space. Wakayama performed the first steps of an experiment extracting two cell embryos from mice and freezing them then sending them to the ISS on a SpaceX Rocket. Mouse embryos have been cultured on the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time. They were then chemically preserved and returned to Earth on a return vessel. All tests results were normal. It had been previously thought that microgravity might make it impossible for life creation outside of the Earth's atmosphere.

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