The next ESA study will begin on September 9 and will keep participants in bed for 60 to 60 nights. For what purpose? Everything is little to improve our adaptation to space.
The European Space Agency is preparing for one of the most striking experiments of recent times. The test consists of nothing other than stay in bed for 60 day and 60 nights in a row . And the intention of this? It is none other than that of check the status of the human body in such a situation . And in space the circumstances that affect us are many and varied, creating a number of drawbacks and consequences against the astronauts have to fight. Why spend so much time in bed is not as simple as it seems.
How to stay in bed 60 days and 60 nights?
The experiment of ESA, which will begin next 9 September, volunteers remain in bed with a slope of 6%. This means that the head is below the body at all times and shoulder has to touch at all times bedside . As you can imagine, so stay two months is quite an easy feat to achieve. Participants, however, can make various types of activities such as surfing the Internet, playing video games, watching your favorite series or read. Any activity in this position is permitted.
However, it can not rise under any circumstances for test (except for medical reasons). Stay in bed for 60 to 60 nights the teams will worry that participants do not leave them pressure ulcers or other annoying consequences own long stays in bed. Luckily, the center “: envihab” Cologne has some of the most sophisticated systems of modern medicine available, so volunteers will be treated as never
And all this, why.
Although it seems a merely curious question, the fact is that this study is of crucial importance for aerospace research. As I explained a while, the metabolism changes dramatically in microgravity. Indeed it changes so much that after a few months on the ISS astronauts must stay a few weeks of recovery and not injury rehabilitation. Without the weight of gravity on his shoulders, the body tends to lose strength in certain muscles and bone mass and much more.
Something similar is what happens to patients who spend too much time in bed, who lose muscle mass and suffer significant metabolic changes. Therefore, the space agencies perform such experiments regularly with the intention to learn more about the body under extraordinary circumstances. This,
Space agencies are experimenting in bed on a regular basis however, will be the first long-term experiment held at the premises of Cologne in Germany.
In this experiment ESA researchers will focus on experiments performed up to 90 for 12 weeks. These will focus on measuring things such as changes in insulin in the body or cardiovascular changes. They will also provide some parameters to measure how the brain acts to the slightly inclined and down position. But probably the most interesting consists in the comparison of the effects of the steady rest with respect to microgravity . In this way, scientists at ESA aims to further improve the system simulation to study how to properly use this tool.
also a technique called “reactive jump” will be studied, that is to jump but horizontal state. The aim is to find the best way to combat muscle and bone loss. And to complete all, participants will have consistent measurements of things like blood, fluids etc. Nothing is too much to try to relieve the symptoms of spaceflight and improve our approach space. To some extent, these participants are also heroes who sacrificed 60 days and nights of his life for the benefit of science. Right?
August 28, 2015