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01/03/2006 01:38 AM ID: 52044 Permalink   

Woman Spends Two Months in Bed for Science


Morag Roberts has spent 60 days lying in bed for scientific research to study the effects of space flight on the human body. She gave up about two months of her life to eat, exercise and shower while confined to a bed space doing science research.

Roberts, a British woman who now lives in Spain, participated in the second phase of the Women International Space Simulation (WISE) on behalf of the space agencies of the United States, Europe, Canada, and France.

The experiment was conducted at the French space agency (CNES) Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology (MEDES) in Toulouse and was designed to study the possible effects of space flights on future female astronauts.

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  Research for what?  
People have had extended stays in space stations for years. I'd say the end result is that they now have scentific proof that she's a dumbass.
  by: Reporter ©     01/03/2006 01:48 AM     
Especially since it was done in a full gravity environment, it did not simulate anything at all about the effects of extended space flight on the human female body... Just shows why the French should not be allowed in space... there's enough pollution up there already!
  by: theavenger8     01/03/2006 02:40 AM     
Where does it say that her time was spent in a normal-gravity environment?
  by: StarShadow     01/03/2006 02:55 AM     
  @ StarShadow  
Here's a clue. Star Trek isn't real. If she's in bed and on earth, it is a gravity environment.
  by: Reporter ©     01/03/2006 02:58 AM     
  In the..  
future, if you can't respond to a question I ask without insulting me, don't answer it. For all I or anyone knows they could have a way to simulate a low-gravity environment
  by: StarShadow     01/03/2006 03:16 AM     
  @ StarShadow  
At this point, aircraft are used to train in zero gravity and only for brief periods of time at that. If you will recall the movie "Apollo 13" where the actors were filmed in zero gravity, that was done with the use of an aircraft and shot in short sequences.
  by: Reporter ©     01/03/2006 03:40 AM     
  To be quite technical, Reporter...  
Aircraft are not used to train "in zero gravity", rather to simulate the experience of a 'no-gravity' environment.
While in the aircraft, gravity is still a force, yet there is no "normal" force which is what we terrestrial-types have come to associate with the feeling of gravity.
When gravity only acts on you, you feel no force.
To be VERY technical, there is no such thing as "zero gravity". Just very, very small gravitational forces.
  by: kentlm_21   01/03/2006 06:42 AM     
I looked over the source article, and in it, the woman states that "...You feel much closer to what it must be like in space." I assume that this means she was not actually in space... Plus, the facility she was at was a ground-bases research facility, with no known forms of anti-gravity systems... Therefore I can pretty accurately assume that she was in a full-gravity environment, in which case this whole experiment was useless in studying the effects of long term space flight on the human female body...
  by: theavenger8     01/03/2006 08:57 AM     
  Attach a mattress on their backs  
We do need more women in space in bed. On their back or doggy if that is your preference.
  by: kmazzawi     01/03/2006 12:11 PM     
how can someone not eat for two months that is like stravind yourself to death, and how can you not shower for 2 months that is just gross. people should shower everyday so that wont smell like shit
  by: reeses1085   01/03/2006 03:43 PM     
  reeses1085 I hope you are being sarcastic n/t  
  by: tiggyfiggy   01/03/2006 04:19 PM     
  little explanation  
In order to simulate a non gravity environment, the women of the test (12 in total) stayed on a bed with their head slightly lower than their feet. Physiological changes are comparable to those of non-gravity environments.

Oh, and for that dumbass of "theavenger8" (yeah, what a rocking name, dude), NASA participated widely in that experiment... along with many other space agencies.
  by: LeTonduZ   01/04/2006 09:44 AM     
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