Re: shrimpy indian women on mars

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Thu Jun 08 2000 - 05:36:41 MDT

Spike Jones wrote:
> Question please anyone: do you suppose a 35 kg woman would
> need half the food, water and oxygen of a 70 kg woman? Does it
> scale linearly? spike

My cousin who was in antarctica last year for a couple months says that
working (digging holes in frozen rocky ice) and just living in those
conditions there required between 6000-10,000 calories a day. I would
imagine that working inside a space suit is probably a similar work

Now, the calories you burn does have linearity, but only if you have the
same percent of lean body mass (muscle) in both cases. Bones and fatty
tissue don't burn much energy at all. If both the 35 and 70 kg women
have only 15 kg of muscle, then they will have pretty near the same
caloric budget.

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