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A New Age of Exploration: From Earth to Mars

A New Age of Exploration: From Earth to Mars

This video was recorded at Technology Day 2008 - Out of this World. Happily for human spaceflight, Dava Newman and her students enjoy working in such laboratories as NASA's "Vomit Comet." Newman's work aims to provide a better understanding of how humans can withstand the rigors of space missions. Her decades studying human physiology and performance in extreme environments may prove key not just to the success of reaching Mars this century, but to improving the quality of life for people disabled by disease or accident on Earth. Studies of astronauts in flight, training on Earth, and on long engagements at the International Space Station, reveal "significant physiological deconditioning," Newman says. Microgravity produces musculo-skeletal loss, especially in the vertebrae and leg bones,... Show More
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