60 days and 60 nights ... in bed28 August 2015
60 days and 60 nights ... in bed28 August 2015 On 9 September, the first of 12 men will go to bed for 60 days as part of important research into stopping the wasting effects that spaceflight has on the human body. Although they may be putting their feet up, it is set to be a far from relaxing expe...
Enough lying about22 October 2013
Enough lying about22 October 2013 ESA’s volunteers recently finished their third and last session lying in bed in the interest of spaceflight and science. They can return to their normal lives after spending their last 21 days in bed with their feet up – once their bodies have recuper...
Experiments wanted for the next-best-thing to human research in space02 October 2013 ESA is accepting proposals for scientific research using two of its human spaceflight ‘analogue’ platforms: bedrest studies and the Concordia station in Antarctica. Such experiments increase our knowledge of human risks in spaceflight today, and espec...
Stress to rest 26 April 2013
Stress to rest 26 April 2013 On Sunday, ESA’s bedrest volunteers began lying down for their second three-week session with their heads angled below the horizontal to help research the effects of weightlessness on the human body.
Measuring skull pressure without the headache19 December 2012
Measuring skull pressure without the headache19 December 2012 Space research has developed a new way of measuring the pressure inside your skull using simple sound waves from headphones. The device is an effective early-warning system for patients recovering from head injury or brain surgery.
Six degrees of inclination04 December 2012
Six degrees of inclination04 December 2012 Stay in a tilted bed for weeks with your head at the lower end and your body starts to change as if it were ageing prematurely or living in space. Twelve volunteers in ESA’s bedrest study are enduring the testing experience.