While 12 of the participants will undergo treatments akin to that of an 'artificial gravity
' chamber and also be spun around in a centrifuge at 30 revolutions a minute in the hope it will force blood back into their extremities.
Suspended animation and artificial gravity
are science fiction (and, potentially, science fact) solutions to the problem of how to sustain human life on an intergalactic voyage.
Laurence Young, the Apollo Program Professor in MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, says artificial gravity
would be a huge benefit for astronauts, particularly those embarking on long-duration space missions, such as a journey to Mars.
CONRED would eliminate the potential equipment failures inherent with artificial gravity
centrifuges, pneumatic and hydraulic resistance, motors, canisters, vacuum cylinders and pistons, flywheels, elastic bands (bungee cords), rope, or recoil springs , and the time required for maintenance of the equipment that is currently used by NASA.
A key question is how much artificial gravity
the astronauts will need to stay fit and to maintain their bones.
It won't be spinning either, as artificial gravity
would spoil many of the experiments to be carried out.
As the wheel rotates, it creates artificial gravity
so astronauts don't suffer from prolonged weightlessness.
"The questions of whether artificial gravity
will be required and, if so, how it will be provided are critical," says the committee.
Space agencies NASA and ESA are in a joint study to learn how artificial gravity
can help to improve health issues of astronauts venturing on long term missions.
Tenery's paintings suggest the club could be built on a vast wheel-shaped space station that would spin to create a sort of artificial gravity
Reader Alan Sherwood of Forfar emailed to say that he was looking forward to finding out how they developed artificial gravity
. He has never, he pointed out, seen anybody floating about in the USS Enterprise.