Cardiopulmonary responses to exercise in altered gravity environments
Document typeBachelor thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
As the limits of human exploration expand farther into space, there becomes an increasing need to condition and maintain the human body for life beyond our planet. Astronauts on space missions experience various detrimental physiological effects including (but not limited to) muscular atrophy, diminished cardiopulmonary function, and redistribution of internal fluids. These changes can lead to orthostatic intolerance and diminished exercise capacity while back on Earth. Artificial gravity combined with exercise presents the potential to counteract these adverse physiological changes. However, the ideal gravity conditions under which this exercise should be performed to be the most effective are still unknown. Consequently, the primary objectives of our research experiment include the generation of dose- response curves to investigate how cardiovascular, pulmonary, and musculoskeletal responses to exercise develop between 0G to 1G, as well as the determination of the gravity threshold required to mitigate the detrimental effects of microgravity.