Spacefarers Of The Future May Resort To Cannibalism, Says Astrobiologist

Spacefaring astronauts could soon be on the Moon; our neighbor Mars and even farther off – given the pace of space exploration projects. As opposed to what you may have seen on Rick & Morty, space is an extremely hostile place for human beings.

Everything our bodies represent came from Earth, implying we’re best suited to survive and thrive here. Going to an alien terrain comes with its own risks (don’t trust us – watch the Netflix series Lost In Space).

One of these concerns is food. In the absence of Earth-like conditions, growing food as we understand it may be difficult, if not impossible. If a space mission for extremely far-off locations comes to fruition, astronauts and cosmonauts could face situations with food scarcity.


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Why astronauts could become cannibals

A scientist believes that space colonists may be compelled to resort to cannibalism in the absence of alternatives in space.

Charles Cockell is a professor of astrobiology at Edinburg University. In conversation with Metro, he highlighted different challenges that could be faced by humans when we attempt to colonize far-off cosmic bodies like Jupiter’s moon Callisto and Saturn’s moon Titan.

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In case supplies and farming systems on a different planet fail, humans would be faced with no choice but to eat each other. Cockell referred to Sir John Franklin’s 1845 exploration of the Arctic wherein crew members were compelled to cannibalise.

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“If you put a group of people on Callisto, things start going wrong and the plant growth module breaks down, they are going to eat each other if there is no other way to survive,” he told Metro.

Cockell’s observation highlights the importance of solid crop and farming systems on alien planets along with enough supplies. Here’s to hoping no spacefarer has to feed on a fellow astronaut.

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References

Jones, H. (2021, December 27). Humans would probably start eating each other in space. Meter.

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