Microgravity

SHAUN THE SHEEP COMPLETES ASTRONAUT TRAINING WITH ESA

Children’s film character Shaun the Sheep has completed his microgravity training ahead of the launch of his second animated feature film Farmageddon – and just in time for the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the Moon. Shaun flew recently under the supervision of an ESA team on the special Airbus […]

RED WINE’S RESVERATROL COULD HELP MARS EXPLORERS STAY STRONG

Mars is about 9 months from Earth with today’s tech, NASA reckons. As the new space race hurtles forward, Harvard researchers are asking: how do we make sure the winners can still stand when they reach the finish line? Published in Frontiers in Physiology, their study shows that resveratrol substantially preserves muscle mass and strength […]

UTMB RESEARCHERS LEARNED HOW TO BETTER COMBAT MUSCLE LOSS DURING SPACE FLIGHTS

A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has further documented how muscles are affected by reduced gravity conditions during space flight missions and uncovered how exercise and hormone treatments can be tailored to minimize muscle loss for individual space travelers. The findings are available in PLOS One. NASA has recently […]

NASA OPENS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO NEW COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit. This move comes as NASA focuses full speed ahead on its goal of landing the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, where American companies also will […]

SPACE TRAVEL AND YOUR JOINTS

A novel Henry Ford Hospital study of mice aboard a Russian spaceflight may raise an intriguing question for the astronauts of tomorrow: Could traveling in space be bad for your joints? Researchers found early signs of cartilage breakdown in the mice, suggesting that the reduced biomechanical forces of spaceflight are at play on the musculoskeletal […]

STUDYING BEHAVIOR IN SPACE SHOWS MICE ADAPT TO MICROGRAVITY

NASA is preparing to send astronauts on journeys that will include longer stretches in microgravity – to the Moon and onward to Mars. Understanding how basic biology works in space will help astronauts adapt and thrive during long duration missions. To better understand how space affects astronauts, researchers often study other model organisms, like mice, […]

BRAIN CONDITION RELATED TO LONG-TERM SPACEFLIGHTS NEEDS MORE ATTENTION, DATA

More people today are poised to explore space than ever before; those who do will experience the effects of microgravity on the human body. Recognizing the need for more data related to those effects, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) neuroradiologist Donna Roberts, M.D., and co-author Lonnie G. Petersen, M.D.,Ph.D., University of California San Diego, […]

PLANT HORMONE MAKES SPACE FARMING A POSSIBILITY

With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it possible, plant biologists from the University of Zurich have shown. The hormone supports the symbiosis between fungi and plant roots, thus encouraging plants’ growth – even under the challenging conditions […]

ANDREAS MOGENSEN USING VR IN ORBITAL ROBOTICS LAB

Danish ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen during a summer visit to ESTEC’s Orbital Robotics Laboratory, experiencing weightless motion in 2D – courtesy of a friction-free air-bearing platform combined with a virtual reality headset. The Orbital Robotics Lab, used to test out mission scenarios involving microgravity or low-gravity environments, incorporates a 4.8 x 9 m epoxy floor […]

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