Broadcast 2662 Hotel Mars

09 Mar 2016 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Dr. Julie Robinson
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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Julie Robinson, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  ISS Twin Study, Scott Kelly, HSF & long duration spaceflight.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

John Batchelor and I welcomed Dr. Julie Robinson, ISS Chief Scientist, to the program to discuss the preliminary findings based on the Twin Studies and the near year long stay on the ISS by Astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian cosmonaut counterpart.  Dr. Robinson discussed the mission, why it fell short of one full year on the ISS, and some of the early findings and tests done on the two long term ISS "residents."  For example, upon landing, both were subjected to special tests to help determine if they would be able to function right after landing on Mars.  They wanted to know just how effective they might be after the voyage to Mars and if they would be effective or not.  We also talked about bone density and scanning, skin sensitivity issues, radiation, and vision issues.  Dr. Robinson described the use of "sucking pants" designed to draw fluids back to the legs after their return to Earth and 1 g.  Before our segment ended, Dr. Robinson was asked about potential gender differences for long missions.  She said there were radiation absorption differences as well as differences with fluid shifts and vision problems.

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Scott Kelly's ISS adventure

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