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Why Is Balancing So Hard After Spaceflights? Astronaut Posture Could Hold Clues

Posted November 16, 2013 4:34 PM

From Universe Today:

OTTAWA, CANADA - Astronauts appear to hold their heads more rigidly in relation to their trunks after returning to Earth from multi-month spaceflights, which may affect how they balance themselves back on Earth, according to ongoing research. A note of caution: the sample size is small (six astronauts so far) and the research is still being conducted by the University of Houston and NASA. So this isn't finalized in any sense. The early studies, however, shows that people returning to Earth may be changing their "strategy", said Ph.D. student Stefan Madansingh. "The changing strategy might put you at higher risks of falls as you ambulate around your environment, and if you are on Mars and you fall and break your hip, that is the start of a very bad day," he said in a speech.

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