Some brave people will soon embrace science – and they will not come up for a long time.
A 60-day equality study funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA begins in Cologne, Germany, Monday, March 25. Eight male and four female volunteers will go to the beds of the German Aviation Center: envihab facility to help scientists better understand how spaceflight affects the human body . The scientists call the experiment the Assessment Improvement Study, according to German space officials.
(Ask the rest is a common research tool in the human space flight society, it can cause muscle atrophy and loss of bone density, as long as remains in microgravity can.)
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If you think this sounds like a dream recording, you might consider. At first, no one is sitting up; Each volunteer must keep at least one shoulder in contact with the mattress at all times. And the ends of the bedhead will be tilted 6 degrees below the horizontal so that blood flows away from the participants' legs, says ESA officials.
In addition, the poor people are regularly plunked in a centrifuge and spun up to push blood toward their extremities.