The medical kit that flew on the last mission of NASA’s Endeavor space shuttle is on display as part of “Weirder Than Fiction: The Unbelievable Science of Aerospace Medicine,” which will be available from July 3, 2021 to 2022. Museum of Flight on February 6th. Seattle, Washington. (Image Source: The Museum of Flight) The
antigravity suit idea may sound like science fiction, but one of those suits NASA astronauts wear is one of the space artifacts, and now it highlights how space medicine is ” more than fiction. “Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link
Opening Saturday (July 3) at the Seattle Flight Museum,” More Strange Than Fiction: The Unbelievable Science of Aerospace Medicine “brings together dozens of aviation and aerospace artifacts and tells the story of how doctors and researchers they devised methods to maintain human life. and health in extreme environments of air and space flights.
“They got my Kentavr, which is a Russian device that prevents fainting after landing,” NASA astronaut Michael Barat said in an interview with collectSPACE.com, describing his “antigravity suit.” he returned from the International Space Station in 2009. “Squeeze your legs and thighs.”
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As a member of the team that helped create the exhibition for the Flight Museum, Barratt was familiar with space medicine before performing two orbital missions. Barratt is a former NASA flight surgeon and head of space station medical operations. He has delivered many lectures on space and extreme medicine and served as the editor-in-chief of textbooks on the subject.
Despite this, Barratt acknowledges how the subject can be regarded as “stranger than a novel.”
“Well, for me, this is reality, and it’s weird. I call it a very weird reality,” he said.
“I teach space medicine to a large number of different audiences (mainly doctors). So when I do this, I am talking about adaptation to physiology, G load [gravity] and microgravity for various medical audiences, which should have six levels of detailed information. Even for them, this is very novel. What we have seen is very out of his empirical basis, “Bharat said. Now [through this exhibition] we are trying to communicate these concepts with the public. So to them, it’s a bit like science fiction.”Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link
Gravity Suit : NASA astronaut Michael Barrat’s Russian Kentavr shorts, which helped prevent him from fainting after landing from the International Space Station in 2009. This space artifact is one of the examples of aerospace medicine displayed in “Weirder Than Novels” at the Seattle Flight Museum.
Anti-gravity suit: NASA astronaut Michael Barratt’s Russian Kentavr shorts, which helped him avoid fainting after landing from the International Space Station in 2009. This space artifact is one of the examples of space medicine on display at the Seattle NASA’s “Weirder Than Novel” Flight Museum.
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The museum recognized the potential challenges early on, so it adopted an exhibition theme that met the expectations of the retro comic book theme.
“In the early days, people were very concerned that the exhibition was too technical, too boring and difficult to appeal to the public,” Geoff Nunn, deputy editor of Museum Space History, told Collection Space. “One of the goals of the exhibition is to show flying surgeons as heroes. We realize that they explore unknown stories, act as their own test subjects, and create these incredible technical gadgets and gadgets to make flying truly read. Like classic comics or action series.”Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link
“So we combine this visual style with these stories because it brings these incredible feats and helps make them easier for ordinary audiences to understand,” He says.
BioSuit, a tight-fitting space suit designed to be used on the surface of a planet, as seen in “Weirder Than Fiction: The Incredible Science of Aerospace Medicine” by the Seattle Flight Museum.
BioSuit, a tight-fitting spacesuit designed to be used on the surface of planets, as seen in “Weirder Than Fiction: The Incredible Science of Aerospace Medicine” by the Seattle Flight Museum.
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“Weirder than a novel” covers the history of aviation to modern space flight. In addition to Barratt’s Kentavr, the space artifacts on display also include the medical kit carried by the space shuttle Endeavour on its last flight; a Russian “penguin suit” suitable for NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence to stay healthy in orbit; and BioSuit , A tight-fitting spacesuit designed by former NASA deputy director and professor of astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dava Newman.
“They also have the Russian biomedical harness that I wore during the Russian EVA [extravehicular activity or spacewalk] spacesuit, and the pair of legacy radiation detectors that we had in NASA’s inventory during the Apollo era,” Barat said. The
exhibition will last until February 6, 2022. With the rise of commercial aerospace and space tourism markets, it is expected that the number of people who have the opportunity to experience aerospace will increase significantly. Both Nunn and Bharat said that past advances in aerospace medicine will help ensure the safety of these passengers, and the growth in the number and types of flights is expected to reveal new challenges.
“As we begin to look for more space flight participants to travel through private companies, the community must adjust their views on the safety of space travelers,” Nunn said.
“Not only is the business world growing, but the space medical community that really needs support and understanding of this endeavor is also growing. This is one of the most satisfying things,” Barat said.