FLUID STUDIES IN SPACE BENEFIT ALL
24 Jan '17

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FLUID STUDIES IN SPACE BENEFIT ALL

Ongoing research in science and experimentation continues aboard the International Space Station. Today’s focus in on fluid shifts in micro-gravity environments.

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As fluid shift research continues, Expedition 50 flight engineer Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) juggles a set of video cameras in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station.

The Expedition 50 crew members explored a variety of space phenomena today to help researchers improve life for humans and stimulate children’s curiosity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Scientists are working to understand how fluids behave not just in spacecraft fuel tanks and containers but also inside an astronaut’s body. Micro-gravity creates a head-ward flow of fluids that increases pressure on the back of an astronaut’s eyes potentially causing damage and affecting vision.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and her Soyuz crewmates Oleg Novitskiy and Sergey Ryzhikov explored the effectiveness of a suit that may reverse these upward fluid shifts. Whitson and Novitskiy used a combination of eye exams and ultrasound artery scans on Ryzhikov today while he wore the Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP) suit today. The LBNP may offset the microgravity-induced fluid shifts possibly reducing the risk of vision changes in space.

Commander Shane Kimbrough reached out to schoolchildren this morning reading a story book and videotaping a simple fluids experiment. The Story Time From Space series seeks to increase science literacy by engaging students and teachers.

Written By: Mark Garcia NASA


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In addition, Universal Digest wishes our space explorers well. We salute the bravery of each person who takes part in our future of exploration and colonization of our solar system and beyond. Thank you, each and every one of you and thank you, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for your continued efforts. Godspeed.

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