Study: Space Travel Makes Us Dumber

The Inspiration4 space launch in 2021 conducted by the private space travel firm SpaceX carried four humans into Earth orbit. The astronauts stayed for two days before they safely splashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

The New York Times reports that the crew performed medical and cognitive tests. One of them was a test of attention span. The astronauts stared at a box displayed on an iPad. When a stopwatch icon appeared on the screen, they pressed the icon. The program assessed how long it took for them to press the button and therefore how long they were paying attention to the game.

The results of the study revealed significantly decreased attention span while in space.

-via Dave Barry, who blasphemes "Exhibit A: Star Trek" | Image: Paramount


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