How does space travel affect the spine?
NASA studied astronauts on long missions in space and discovered atrophy of the muscles supporting the spine—which don't return to normal even several weeks after their return to Earth
The results provide new insights into the elevated rates of back pain and spinal disc disease associated with prolonged spaceflight, report Dr. Douglas G. Chang of University of California, San Diego, and colleagues. "This could provide helpful physiological information to support a manned mission to Mars," the researchers write. Six NASA crewmembers were studied before and after spending four to seven months in "microgravity" conditions on the International Space Station. To read the full article for free, click HERE.