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Average People Fit Enough for Space Travel, says Study

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 23, 2014
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Space Travel StudyAs the entire world eyes for the entry of India’s Mars orbiter into the Martian orbit, a new study which claims that average people are healthy enough for space travel, will leave you baffled.
   
According to this recent study, people with common medical problems like high blood pressure, heart diseases or diabetes are healthy enough to travel to space in commercial flights.

Traditionally, the spaceflights have been reserved for the very healthy people. According to the researchers, it is important for astronauts to be able to meet the highest physical and psychological standards. This helps them preparing for unknown challenges in the space.

But, with the introduction of commercial spaceflight now an average person can fly to have fun.

It was studied by the aerospace medicine group at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston how people who suffer from common health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, lung diseases such as asthma or emphysema, back and neck injury, surgeries and disorders can tolerate the stresses caused while travelling in a commercial spaceflight.

It was found by the researchers that almost every participant with properly controlled medical conditions could tolerate simulated flight without facing any trouble.

The lead author of this study Dr Rebecca Blue said "physiological stresses of flight include increased acceleration forces, or 'G-forces,' during launch and re-entry, as well as the microgravity period".

Blue added "our goal was to see how average people with common medical problems, who aren't necessarily as fit as a career astronaut, would be able to tolerate these stresses of an anticipated commercial spaceflight".

The performance of participants when put through centrifuge simulations of spaceflights launch and re-entry was studied by the researchers.

With help of the centrifuge the researchers were able to mimic the acceleration of a rocket launch or of a spacecraft re-entering through the atmosphere.

The acceleration forces that are expected to be in a commercial spaceflight profile are tolerable but, can be discomforting for healthy individuals.

The study has been published in the Journal Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine.

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News source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

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