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Anthropometric changes and fluid shiftsIn an effort to obtain the most comprehensive and coherent picture of changes under weightlessness, a set of measurements on Skylab 2 was initiated and at every opportunity, additional studies were added. All pertinent information from ancillary sources were gleaned and collated. On Skylab 2, the initial anthropometric studies were scheduled in conjunction with muscle study. A single set of facial photographs was made in-flight. Additional measurements were made on Skylab 3, with photographs and truncal and limb girth measurements in-flight. Prior to Skylab 4, it was felt there was considerable evidence for large and rapid fluid shifts, so a series of in-flight volume and center of mass measurements and infrared photographs were scheduled to be conducted in the Skylab 4 mission. A number of changes were properly documented for the first time, most important of which were the fluid shifts. The following description of Skylab anthropometrics address work done on Skylab 4 primarily.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Thornton, W. E.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Hoffler, G. W.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Rummel, J. A.
(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
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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