Astronauts Explore Pressure to the Head & Eyes with the Help of a Wearable Bio-Monitor


Recent reports from the International Space Station reveal that astronauts are exploring new methods of adaptation to life in space by channeling human research developments. Residents of the space station are also assigned ordinance roles to perform menial tasks such as plumbing and computer technicians.

Anne McClain, an astronaut at NASA is exploring how the fluid within an astronaut’s body shifts to the upper body from the lower body, and studied how a spaceflight can cause pressure to the eyes and head. McClain has been conducting a long-term experiment, for which she obtained blood samples and spun the samples in a centrifuge, and then stored them in a scientific freezer.

Astronauts Study Head and Eye Pressure, Wearable Body Monitor
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David Saint-Jacque, a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station used the new Bio-Monitor tool by the Canadian Space Agency to examine his blood pressure before starting the operation. The Bio-Monitor is a wearable tool that allows astronauts to examine their physiological health with real-time data without causing any disturbance to the crew.

McClain even managed to transfer a laptop from the Harmony module and install it at the Columbus lab module, while Saint-Jacque dedicated his entire Wednesday to refurbishing areas of the toilet, which is situated in the Tranquility module of the space station.

Commander Oleg Kononenko was assigned to the orbital lab for Russian maintenance, before which he was responsible for inspecting and capturing windows for the Russian modules. He ended his working day with two ongoing observational studies on the Earth, and capturing photos of natural and human-made wonders.

Source: International Space Station Science for Everyone


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