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The main purpose of this academic pursuit is to discover how well and for how long people can survive the extreme conditions in space, and how fast they can re-adapt to the Earth's environment after returning from space. Space medicine also seeks to develop preventative and palliative measures to ease the suffering caused by living in an environment to which humans are not well adapted.

During takeoff and reentry space travelers can experience several times normal gravity. An untrained person can usually withstand about 3g, but can blackout at 4 to 6g.

G-force in the vertical direction is more difficult to tolerate than a force perpendicular to the spine because blood flows away from the brain and eyes. First the person experiences temporary loss of vision and then at higher g-forces loses consciousness. G-force training and a G-suit which constricts the body to keep more blood in the head can mitigate the effects.

Most spacecraft are designed to keep g-forces within comfortable limits. The environment of space is lethal without appropriate protection: The effects of space exposure can result in ebullism , hypoxia , hypocapnia , and decompression sickness. In addition to these, there is also cellular mutation and destruction from high energy photons and sub-atomic particles that are present in the surroundings.

Investigators [14] have considered pressurizing a separate head unit to the regular 71 kPa Human physiology is adapted to living within the atmosphere of Earth, and a certain amount of oxygen is required in the air we breathe.

If the body does not get enough oxygen, then the astronaut is at risk of becoming unconscious and dying from hypoxia. In the vacuum of space, gas exchange in the lungs continues as normal but results in the removal of all gases, including oxygen, from the bloodstream.

After 9 to 12 seconds, the deoxygenated blood reaches the brain, and it results in the loss of consciousness. Limbs may be exposed for much longer if breathing is not impaired. In December , aerospace engineer and test subject Jim LeBlanc of NASA was partaking in a test to see how well a pressurized space suit prototype would perform in vacuum conditions.

To simulate the effects of space, NASA constructed a massive vacuum chamber from which all air could be pumped. He recovered almost immediately with just an earache and no permanent damage. Another effect from a vacuum is a condition is called ebullism which results from the formation of bubbles in body fluids due to reduced ambient pressure, the steam may bloat the body to twice its normal size and slow circulation, but tissues are elastic and porous enough to prevent rupture.

The least severe of these is the freezing of bodily secretions due to evaporative cooling. Severe symptoms, such as loss of oxygen in tissue , followed by circulatory failure and flaccid paralysis would occur in about 30 seconds. The only known humans to have died of space exposure are the three crew members of the Soyuz 11 spacecraft: During re-entry on June 30, , the ship's depressurization resulted in the death of the entire crew. In a vacuum, there is no medium for removing heat from the body by conduction or convection.

Loss of heat is by radiation from the K temperature of a person to the 3 K of outer space. This is a slow process, especially in a clothed person, so there is no danger of immediately freezing.

Exposure to the intense radiation of direct, unfiltered sunlight would lead to local heating, though that would likely be well distributed by the body's conductivity and blood circulation.

Other solar radiation, particularly ultraviolet rays, however, may cause severe sunburn. Without the protection of Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere astronauts are exposed to high levels of radiation. A year in low Earth orbit results in a dose of radiation 10 times that of the annual dose on earth. Radiation has also recently been linked to a higher incidence of cataracts in astronauts.

Outside the protection of low Earth orbit, galactic cosmic rays present further challenges to human spaceflight, [36] as the health threat from cosmic rays significantly increases the chances of cancer over a decade or more of exposure. It is thought that protective shielding and protective drugs may ultimately lower the risks to an acceptable level. Crew living on the International Space Station ISS are partially protected from the space environment by Earth's magnetic field, as the magnetosphere deflects solar wind around the earth and the ISS.

Nevertheless, solar flares are powerful enough to warp and penetrate the magnetic defences, and so are still a hazard to the crew. The crew of Expedition 10 took shelter as a precaution in in a more heavily shielded part of the station designed for this purpose. Lawrence Townsend of the University of Tennessee and others have studied the most powerful solar flare ever recorded. Radiation doses astronauts would receive from a flare of this magnitude could cause acute radiation sickness and possibly even death.

There is scientific concern that extended spaceflight might slow down the body's ability to protect itself against diseases. In particular, it causes ' chromosomal aberrations' in lymphocytes.

As these cells are central to the immune system , any damage weakens the immune system, which means that in addition to increased vulnerability to new exposures, viruses already present in the body—which would normally be suppressed—become active. In space, T-cells a form of lymphocyte are less able to reproduce properly, and the T-cells that do reproduce are less able to fight off infection.

Over time immunodeficiency results in the rapid spread of infection among crew members, especially in the confined areas of space flight systems.

On 31 May , The NASA scientists reported that a possible manned mission to Mars [47] may involve a great radiation risk based on the amount of energetic particle radiation detected by the RAD on the Mars Science Laboratory while traveling from the Earth to Mars in — In September , NASA reported radiation levels on the surface of the planet Mars were temporarily doubled , and were associated with an aurora times brighter than any observed earlier, due to a massive, and unexpected, solar storm in the middle of the month.

Following the advent of space stations that can be inhabited for long periods of time, exposure to weightlessness has been demonstrated to have some deleterious effects on human health. Humans are well-adapted to the physical conditions at the surface of the earth, and so in response to weightlessness, various physiological systems begin to change, and in some cases, atrophy.

Though these changes are usually temporary, some do have a long-term impact on human health. Short-term exposure to microgravity causes space adaptation syndrome , a self-limiting nausea caused by derangement of the vestibular system.

Long-term exposure causes multiple health problems, one of the most significant being loss of bone and muscle mass. Over time these deconditioning effects can impair astronauts' performance, increase their risk of injury, reduce their aerobic capacity , and slow down their cardiovascular system. When released from the pull of gravity, these systems continue to work, causing a general redistribution of fluids into the upper half of the body. This is the cause of the round-faced 'puffiness' seen in astronauts.

A Space Shuttle experiment found that Salmonella typhimurium , a bacterium that can cause food poisoning , became more virulent when cultivated in space. The most common problem experienced by humans in the initial hours of weightlessness is known as space adaptation syndrome or SAS, commonly referred to as space sickness. It is related to motion sickness , and arises as the vestibular system adapts to weightlessness. The duration of space sickness varies, but rarely has it lasted for more than 72 hours, after which the body adjusts to the new environment.

On Earth, our bodies react automatically to gravity, maintaining both posture and locomotion in a downward pulling world. In microgravity environments, these constant signals are absent: These changes can immediately result in visual-orientation illusions where the astronaut feels he has flipped degrees. Over half of astronauts also experience symptoms of motion sickness for the first three days of travel due to the conflict between what the body expects and what the body actually perceives.

People returning to Earth after extended weightless periods have to readjust to the force of gravity and may have problems standing up, focusing their gaze, walking and turning. This is just an initial problem, as they recover these abilities quickly.

Accordingly, one "Garn" is equivalent to the most severe possible case of space sickness. Until then, astronauts rely on medication, such as midodrine and dimenhydrinate anti-nausea patches, as required such as when space suits are worn, because vomiting into a space suit could be fatal.

A major effect of long-term weightlessness involves the loss of bone and muscle mass. Without the effects of gravity, skeletal muscle is no longer required to maintain posture and the muscle groups used in moving around in a weightless environment differ from those required in terrestrial locomotion. Those muscles then start to weaken and eventually get smaller.

Slow twitch endurance fibres used to maintain posture are replaced by fast twitch rapidly contracting fibres that are insufficient for any heavy labour. Advances in research on exercise, hormone supplements and medication may help maintain muscle and body mass. Bone metabolism also changes. Normally, bone is laid down in the direction of mechanical stress. However, in a microgravity environment there is very little mechanical stress.

This results in a loss of bone tissue approximately 1. On Earth, the bones are constantly being shed and regenerated through a well-balanced system which involves signaling of osteoblasts and osteoclasts. In space, however, there is an increase in osteoclast activity due to microgravity. This is a problem, because osteoclasts break down the bones into minerals that are reabsorbed by the body. Elevated blood calcium levels from the lost bone result in dangerous calcification of soft tissues and potential kidney stone formation.

Unlike people with osteoporosis, astronauts eventually regain their bone density. Research on diet, exercise and medication may hold the potential to aid the process of growing new bone. To prevent some of these adverse physiological effects, the ISS is equipped with two treadmills including the COLBERT , and the aRED advanced Resistive Exercise Device , which enable various weight-lifting exercises which add muscle but do nothing for bone density, [64] and a stationary bicycle; each astronaut spends at least two hours per day exercising on the equipment.

Currently, NASA is using advanced computational tools to understand the how to best counteract the bone and muscle atrophy experienced by astronauts in microgravity environments for prolonged periods of time. The goal of this work is to use inverse dynamics to estimate joint torques and muscle forces resulting from using the ARED, and thus more accurately prescribe exercise regimens for the astronauts.

These joint torques and muscle forces could be used in conjunction with more fundamental computational simulations of bone remodeling and muscle adaptation in order to more completely model the end effects of such countermeasures, and determine whether a proposed exercise regime would be sufficient to sustain astronaut musculoskeletal health. The second effect of weightlessness takes place in human fluids.

Within a few moments of entering a microgravity environment, fluid is immediately re-distributed to the upper body resulting in bulging neck veins, puffy face and sinus and nasal congestion which can last throughout the duration of the trip and is very much like the symptoms of the common cold. In space the autonomic reactions of the body to maintain blood pressure are not required and fluid is distributed more widely around the whole body.

These fluid shifts initiate a cascade of adaptive systemic effects that can be dangerous upon return to earth. Orthostatic intolerance results in astronauts returning to Earth after extended space missions being unable to stand unassisted for more than 10 minutes at a time without fainting. This is due in part to changes in the autonomic regulation of blood pressure and the loss of plasma volume.

Although this effect becomes worse the longer the time spent in space, as yet all individuals have returned to normal within at most a few weeks of landing. Because it has less blood to pump, the heart will atrophy. A weakened heart results in low blood pressure and can produce a problem with "orthostatic tolerance", or the body's ability to send enough oxygen to the brain without the astronaut's fainting or becoming dizzy. When gravity is taken away or reduced during space exploration, the blood tends to collect in the upper body instead, resulting in facial edema and other unwelcome side effects.

Upon return to earth, the blood begins to pool in the lower extremities again, resulting in orthostatic hypotension. In NASA published a study that found changes to the eyes and eyesight of monkeys with spaceflights longer than 6 months. Again, for some people vision problems persisted for years afterward.

Because weightlessness increases the amount of fluid in the upper part of the body, astronauts experience increased intracranial pressure.

This appears to increase pressure on the backs of the eyeballs, affecting their shape and slightly crushing the optic nerve. If indeed elevated intracranial pressure is the cause, artificial gravity might present one solution, as it would for many human health risks in space.

However, such artificial gravitational systems have yet to be proven. More, even with sophisticated artificial gravity, a state of relative microgravity may remain, the risks of which remain unknown.

One effect of weightlessness on humans is that some astronauts report a change in their sense of taste when in space. Multiple tests have not identified the cause, [85] and several theories have been suggested, including food degradation, and psychological changes such as boredom.

Astronauts often choose strong-tasting food to combat the loss of taste. After two months, calluses on the bottoms of feet molt and fall off from lack of use, leaving soft new skin. Tops of feet become, by contrast, raw and painfully sensitive. The data is inconclusive; however, the syndrome does appear to exist as a manifestation of all the internal and external stress crews in space must face.

Astronauts may not be able to quickly return to Earth or receive medical supplies, equipment or personnel if a medical emergency occurs. The astronauts may have to rely for long periods on their limited existing resources and medical advice from the ground. The psychological effects of living in space have not been clearly analyzed but analogies on Earth do exist, such as Arctic research stations and submarines.

The enormous stress on the crew, coupled with the body adapting to other environmental changes, can result in anxiety, insomnia and depression. There has been considerable evidence that psychosocial stressors are among the most important impediments to optimal crew morale and performance. Henry in his autobiographical book about the Salyut 6 mission: Human nature won't stand it. NASA's interest in psychological stress caused by space travel, initially studied when their manned missions began, was rekindled when astronauts joined cosmonauts on the Russian space station Mir.

Common sources of stress in early American missions included maintaining high performance while under public scrutiny, as well as isolation from peers and family. Older patients may experience less common side effects, include severe pain, rib fracture in patients with osteoporosis , numbness, and tingling.

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