BIOMECHANICS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION: THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE: THE DYSON LECTURE

  • P. Cavanagh
Keywords: space exploration, biomechanics, NASA funding opportunities, bone mineral loss.

Abstract

This lecture presents a brief history of biomechanical studies in space and contrasts their relative recency compared to physiological studies. Bone loss during long duration space flight is identified as an extremely important problem which remains in search of a solution. The present process of planning and implementing a flight experiment is briefly outlined and current funding opportunities are identified. The biomechanical equipment available to investigators in the Human Research Facility on the International Space Station (ISS) is discussed. Finally, an experiment which the author will conduct on the International Space Station in 2002 is described.