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Elastic suits reduce astronauts' problems in space

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Nov '10
A new stretchable jumpsuit may enable the astronauts to remain strong and also give them an appealing look. Astronauts have to deal with several circumstances which are tough to defend against. Thus, spending longer time in space can lead to several dangerous situations like the slow reduction in bone mass, unavoidable meteor showers and attack from violent space invaders.

The scenario on earth is totally different as our bodies remain on the ground due to gravity. However, gravity is not an issue in space. The body becomes lazy and the astronauts start losing muscle tone as well as bone mass. These may lead to several health problems particularly when they come back on earth. MIT's Man-Vehicle Laboratory has come up with the Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit, which is able to create the gravitational pull in weightless surroundings. This is likely to either resolve the health problems or lessen them.

It has been tested on earth and seems to be fairly comfortable. It doesn't limit the movements of the astronauts and can be worn by them any time. The suit is made up of a stretchable material with foot stirrups. The suits are small and stretch to fit the body of astronauts when they wear them. The material, that has been used to make the suit, pulls the shoulders down towards the feet. The suit exerts an artificial gravity that helps to lessen the two percent bone mass which the astronauts lose on spending a month in space. This will no doubt help the astronauts who stay for longer durations in space.

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