ESA-sponsored medical doctor Vangelis Kaimakamis continues his blog entry on science and celebrations and answers some reader comments:
Concordia base. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-E. Kaimakamis
Social cohesion and cooperation between team members are also measured through computer based applications that are run periodically. Other computer programs are developeing and testing an electronic partner to rely on in unexpected and complex situations.
Special medical devices are used to calculate the resting metabolic rate of individuals as well as monitoring their daily activity and food intake in order to compare these with mood profiles and their alteration through time. Other experiments deal with the cardiovascular system and postural performance and measurement of hormones and RNA in the blood and saliva. Of course there is a project that requires sleep recordings, as sleep patterns are deeply affected by hypoxia, darkness and isolation experienced here. Finally, some specially designed antimicrobial materials are exposed in Concordia to evaluate their effectiveness and suitability for long term future space missions!
More detailed information about what we study can be found on the ESA website.
Aurora Australis. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA Y. Reinert & E. Kaimakamis
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