Yvonne Carts-Powell

In Space, No One Can Hear Your Heartbeat

In Uncategorized on July 13, 2009 at 11:23 am

Astronaut Clay Anderson, Expedition 15 flight engineer, smiles for a photo while floating in the Unity node of the International Space Station. NASA does the coolest stuff — specifically, they’re researching what happens to the human heart when it is without gravity.

We evolved to fight gravity: if we want to avoid flopping onto the ground like beached jellyfish, we need our strong bones, our muscles, our sense of balance, and a whole variety of systems in our body that depend on always knowing which way is down.

NASA already knows that muscles weaken in space — but what does lack of gravity do the our hearts?  Read more at: NASA – The Beating Heart, Minus Gravity.

I’ve been a NASA fan since I was a wee tiny geek, using a flashlight after bedtime to study the solar-system facts printed on my trashcan. So I was thrilled at a con recently, when retired NASA astronaut Storey Musgrave bought a book from me! Let me see if I can find the photo.


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