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The Human Body and Weightlessness

Operational Effects, Problems and Countermeasures

  • William Thornton
  • Frederick Bonato

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. William Thornton, Frederick Bonato
    Pages 1-19
  3. William Thornton, Frederick Bonato
    Pages 21-30
  4. William Thornton, Frederick Bonato
    Pages 31-55
  5. William Thornton, Frederick Bonato
    Pages 57-97
  6. William Thornton, Frederick Bonato
    Pages 99-120
  7. William Thornton, Frederick Bonato
    Pages 121-176
  8. William Thornton, Frederick Bonato
    Pages 177-221
  9. William Thornton, Frederick Bonato
    Pages 223-253
  10. William Thornton, Frederick Bonato
    Pages 255-266
  11. William Thornton, Frederick Bonato
    Pages 267-292
  12. William Thornton, Frederick Bonato
    Pages 293-305
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 307-320

About this book

Introduction

This book focuses on all of the major problems associated with the absence of body weight in space, by analyzing effects, adaption, and re-adaptation upon returning to Earth, using sound scientific principles embedded in a historical context. Serious problems for space travelers range from Space Motion Sickness (SMS) to recently discovered ocular effects that may permanently impair vision. Fluid loss and shifts, spinal changes, and bone and muscle loss are also all results of weightlessness. 

Starting with a brief definition and history of weightlessness, the authors then address in detail each problem as well as the countermeasures aimed at alleviating them. In some cases, alternative hypotheses regarding what can and should be attempted are also presented. As plans for long-term missions to the Moon and Mars develop, it will be essential to find countermeasures to weightlessness that are effective for missions that could span years.

Keywords

Adaptation Weightlessness Fluid Shifts in Space Microgravity Effects on Humans Muscle Bone Loss in Space Space Motion Sickness Space Travel Challenges Visual Effects Spaceflight Weightlessness and the Human Body Weightlessness Countermeasures Weightlessness Effects on Humans

Authors and affiliations

  • William Thornton
    • 1
  • Frederick Bonato
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.Saint Peter’s UniversityJersey CityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32829-4
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32828-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32829-4
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