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Lower body negative pressure: Third manned Skylab missionThe objective of the Skylab Lower Body Negative Pressure experiment was to determine the extent and the time course of changes in orthostatic tolerance during the weightlessness of space flight and to determine whether in-flight data from the experiment would be useful in predicting the postflight status of orthostatic tolerance. Compared to preflight results, lower body negative pressure produced exaggerated blood pressure and heart rate responses during the first in-flight test of the Skylab 2 crewmen and showed no clear-cut trend toward preflight levels during the 28-day flight. During the second manned mission, Skylab 3, similar exaggeration of blood pressure and heart rate responses occurred during the first in-flight test. Again no definite trend toward preflight values could be seen during the first 28 days but cardiovascular responses to lower body negative pressure appeared to become more stable by the sixth to eighth week of flight. In general, the test results in-flight served to predict quite well the orthostatic tolerance of the individual crewmen in the immediate postflight period.
Document ID
19770026865
Document Type
Other
Authors
Johnson, R. L.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Hoffler, G. W.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Nicogossian, A. E.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Bergman, S. A., Jr.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Jackson, M. M.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1977
Publication Information
Publication: Biomed. Results from Skylab
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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