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An overview of gravitational physiologyThe focus of this review is on the response of humans and animals to the effects of the near weightless condition occurring aboard orbiting spacecraft. Gravity is an omnipresent force that has been a constant part of our lives and of the evolution of all living species. Emphasis is placed on the general mechanisms of adaptation to altered gravitational fields and vectors, i.e., both hypo- and hypergravity. A broad literature review of gravitational biology was conducted and the general state of our knowledge in this area is discussed. The review is specifically targeted at newcomers to the exciting and relatively new area of space and gravitational biology.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Miquel, Jaime
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Souza, Kenneth A.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1991
Subject Category
Space Biology
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:102849
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 107-30-31
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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