ISS - Expedition 52 Mission patch.
July 12, 2017
International Space Station (ISS). Animation Credit: NASA
A pair of astronauts explored new space exercise techniques today to stay healthy and fit on long duration missions. The crew also observed protein crystals and high temperatures to understand microgravity’s effects on humans and physical processes.
Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer strapped himself in to the space station’s exercise bike this morning with assistance from veteran astronaut Peggy Whitson. The work out study is researching the effectiveness of high intensity, low volume exercise to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in space.
Image above: This long-exposure photograph of Earth and starry sky was taken during a night pass by the Expedition 52 crew aboard the International Space Station. The Japanese Kibo module and part of the station’s solar array are visible at the top. Image Credit: NASA.
Whitson, who has been living in space since November 2016, then moved on and set up gear for the Two Phase Flow experiment. That study is observing how heat transfers from liquids in microgravity to help improve the design of thermal management systems in future space platforms.
Fischer later checked out protein crystals through a microscope for an experiment researching radiation damage, bone loss and muscle atrophy caused by living in space. At the end of the day, he swapped out samples that were heated up inside the Electrostatic Levitation Furnace. The furnace is a facility that allows safe observations and measurements of materials exposed to extremely high temperatures.
High intensity, low volume exercise: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/655.html
Two Phase Flow experiment: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1083.html
Protein crystals: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1970.html
Electrostatic Levitation Furnace: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/np-2017-04-014-jsc_iss_utilization_brochure_2017_physical_science.pdf
Space Station Research and Technology: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html
International Space Station (ISS): https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
Image (mentioned), Animation (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA/Catherine Williams.
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