Up and about again
From mid-March to mid-May, the 12 volunteers were subjected to the conditions experienced in weightlessness. They had to adhere to scientific protocols, including a strictly controlled diet, muscular exercises and a daily routine of tests and activities.
They remained in bed at all times, not even getting up to eat or go to the bathroom. Because in space, you can’t just switch weightlessness on and off like a light.
Countering the effects of weightlessness
A factor motivating this experiment is that crews on long-duration space missions are expected to include more women astronauts in the future.
The bedrest position is the best way to simulate the effects of weightlessness, inducing the same kind of physiological changes as those encountered by astronauts in space.
* Volunteers will be paid to take part in a 2-month study, from September to December. Find out more on the Medes website.