ISS Science Highlights
Week of Nov. 25, 2013
John Love, Lead Increment Scientist
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata performed his first Body Measures session aboard the International Space Station. It is anticipated that body measurements will change due to microgravity and fluid shifts. The goal of this study is to gather preliminary data to better understand the magnitude and variability of these changes. This data is important to be able to determine the changes that may occur during long-duration spaceflight and to be able to apply the changes to suit fit, suit sizing and workstation design for future missions to maximize performance, prevent injury, and reduce crew time for altering or adjusting their suits, workstation, etc., to accommodate their anthropometrics. This investigation will benefit people on Earth by providing information for the design of medical devices and provide a better understanding of how bed rest, similar to spaceflight, can affect body changes. This investigation also will potentially update the Neutral Body Posture that is widely used for design standards for Earth applications.