Overview of bioastronautics

Simon N. Evetts, Nick Caplan, Martina Heer, Angelique Van Ombergen, Kate Robson Brown, Thais Russomano, Tobias Weber, Andrew Winnard, David Alexander, Volker Damann

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The space environment is inherently dangerous to human beings. The use of appropriate countermeasures, in particular those associated with exercise, minimizes these adaptations and counters some of the hazardous aspects of spaceflight, thus enabling the astronaut to retain a considerable degree of Earth-based capability. The retention of such ability (physical, cognitive, and emotional) not only offers a distinct advantage in space when highly intensive physical and psychological stresses are imposed but also proves of great benefit when acceleration forces are reimposed on the body, such as during reentry or on a planetary surface. At these times, it is best to be strong, fit, and emotionally capable, to enable the arduous tasks to be accomplished.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety Design for Space Systems
EditorsTommaso Sgobba, Gary Eugene Musgrave, Gary Johnson, Michael T. Kezirian
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
Number of pages67
ISBN (Electronic)9780323956543
ISBN (Print)9780323956550
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2023

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