Dream Makes Women Lie with Their Heads Down
Novosti) — The Institute of Medical and Biological Studies of
the Russian Academy of Sciences has conducted a unique experiment
imitating women’s long stay in space. Eight girls spent four
months in a horizontal position with their heads down, the Tribuna
the author of this idea, doctor and astronaut Boris Morukov,
the afflux of blood to the top part of the body is equivalent
to the overloads in zero gravity conditions on the orbital station.
The thing is
that the entire training system for a lengthy space flight is
designed for men. Scientists, however, wanted to know how it
should be adjusted for women astronauts.
carried invitations to take part in the experiment for women
As a result,
eight girls from different parts of Russia were selected.
The girls were
divided into two groups. One of them underwent compulsory training
three times a day. The other was confined to bed. Scientists
in turn studied changes in their metabolism, cardiovascular systems
experiment, the girls’ heads were five degrees lower than their
feet. The girls were kept in a horizontal position on a special
suspended stand during all physical training on a treadmill,
cycle ergometer, and strand pulling. The girls were driven to
the training devices in wheelchairs, and had meals in a horizontal
medics, none of the girls passed out during the centrifugal training
experiments caused some changes in the girls’ muscles, bone tissue,
and cardiovascular systems, these changes were within the physiological
of this Russian experiment, unprecedented in the world, to simulate
a lengthy space flight of women are unique.
along with the lengthy flight experience of Valery Polyakov and
Yelena Kondakova will be used for simulating an expedition to
Mars within the international program already this year.