2nd campaign underway
As during the 1st phase of the experiment from April to June, the 12 volunteers will be lying head-down on a bed tilted 6° from horizontal so that their body weight is no longer exerted along the longitudinal axis.
This position produces physiological modifications of the kind experienced by astronauts in space.
Autumn lying down
After 20 days, the 1st 2 were put in the bedrest position on 26 September, where they will stay for 60 days.
The 1st will take a dietary supplement; the 2nd will do regular physical exercise; and a 3rd will be the control group.
The study will thus be able to determine which parameters most affect astronaut health.
This 2nd campaign is intended to confirm or invalidate data obtained during the 1st phase, and to measure the effects of weightlessness on bones, muscles and the locomotor and cardio-vascular systems.
* WISE : Women International Space Simulation for Exploration