Earlier this week, Commander Chris Hadfield and the rest of the team of astronauts arrived back from a 5 month trip orbiting the earth. Out there, they were free of gravity’s effects. Unfortunately, that comes at a cost to the body, which is that muscles lose strength and bones thin.
And now that they are back on earth, the astronauts are feeling pretty uncomfortable. Pain and soreness from not being used to holding their heads and bodies upright for many months, for example, are part of the reason for that discomfort.
More than just an excuse to take pictures and tweet from space, the trip was a valuable research opportunity. One of which is to study the effects of gravity on the human body. So, researchers from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) have been tracking Hadfield’s blood pressure and bone density to learn more about the human aging process and osteoporosis.
The video above has Commander Hadfield explaining the purpose of collecting and storing medical samples.
Read more: Lauren Strapagiel, canada.com, May, 2013
Click here for daily updates of Hadfield’s condition.
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If so, you are cordially invited to attend the 2013 ARThritis Soirée, the first annual signature fundraising event for the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC).
This elegant, yet fun, cocktail reception and art exhibit will bring together business and community leaders, healthcare professionals, and others like you who share an appreciation for art and a desire to support arthritis research. Guests will enjoy an incredible evening of entertainment, delicious hors d’oeuvres, raffles, an art auction, and more.
Please join ARC as they launch this exciting and new event on May 9th at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The ticket price is $245 per person. Attire is semi-formal.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St.
Click here for more information.
“It is through the invaluable work of ARC and its research scientists that all Canadians living with arthritis will survive and thrive!” —Cheryl Koehn, President and Founder of Arthritis Consumer Experts and person living with rheumatoid arthritis.
WHAT: The 2013 ARThritis Soirée is the first signature fundraising event for the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. An elegant, sophisticated and fun cocktail reception, this event will attract our city’s most affluent business and community leaders, doctors and other health care professionals with an appreciation for art and a desire to support arthritis research. Guests will enjoy an incredible evening of fabulous hors d’oeuvres, drinks, art exhibit, entertainment, raffles, art auction and much more.
WHY: The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada is finding answers and saving lives. Funds raised at the ARThritis Soirée will help:
- Conduct practical research for everyday living.
- Improve the quality of life for people living with the disease.
- ARC become an international leader not only in arthritis research but also training and knowledge exchange.
DATE: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St.
If you are interested in supporting arthritis research click here for more information.
“It is through the invaluable work of ARC and its research scientists that all Canadians living with arthritis will survive and thrive!” (Cheryl Koehn)