Reducing the Long-Term Effects of Zero-Gravity

by Jeremiah Rogers, El Dorado High Sch, Albuquerque, United States,
Sarah Coleman, El Dorado High Sch, Albuquerque, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space IV


Maintaining the physical health of scientists has been a longstanding problem in space flight research. Several ideas have been proposed to solve this problem. These include creating artificial gravity and altering cells, but the time and cost would be astounding. Exercise would be another way to slow the physical effects of zero gravity on the human body, and it would be both cheaper and would require less research than simulating gravity and altering cells. Many of these problems could be counteracted by keeping the body in good shape, even on long-term space flights. Exercise has only a few drawbacks, however, these problems are minor considering some of the major delays of any of the other proposed solutions. It is important for scientists to better understand the solarsystem and its planets. The only way for this to be possible would be through extended flights, and with extended space flights comes the negative effects on the human body caused by the difference in gravity. An exercise program is an inexpensive and immediate solution to extend the amount of time we are able to stay in space.

Subject Headings: Flight | Space exploration | Human and behavioral factors | Public health and safety | Benefit cost ratios | Planets | Health hazards

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