Learn about the space laboratory Skylab. You will also learn in this video about space tourism and the company Space Adventures.
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Learn About Skylab and Space Tourists Skylab, NASA’s first attempt in having a laboratory in space allowed innovative missions in space. One such mission included a series of life sciences tests. One of the tests was the lower body negative pressure test. It provided valuable information on the cardiovascular sys tem. This was a measure of motor sensory performance, an experiment designed by a high school student. Using a punchboard apparatus, the crew’s hand-eye coordination was measured on a daily basis. Balance, orientation and perception is so important to a man’s ability to function efficiently in space was another of the live sciences tests. The astronauts were instructed to exercise frequently and one of the methods was the ergometer or bike to help keep them keep in shape. This also served as a test for changes in metabolic activity while working and living in a zero gravity environment. Throughout the exhibition, a vast number of tests were made on the eyes, ears, nose and throat. And blood samples were taken and returned for post flight testing. Skylab also gave astronauts the opportunity to tests materials under Zero gravity and vacuum conditions. The formation of crystals was the most valuable of all the manufacturing experiments. It resulted in crystals ten times larger than those grown on Earth with a much better uniformity of composition so important in the field of electronics. The aim was to develop electrical systems that would perform more functions, be faster, smaller, and less expensive and require less power. But it wasn’t all work, the astronauts had a lot of fun, even something simple like blowing bubbles was a whole new experience in space. They could puncture them, pull them, pick them up but they still wouldn’t break. As can be seen, getting from place to place was also no problem in sky lab. Weightlessness itself can be lots of fun as Pete Conrad demonstrates it. Those circus performer or Olympic acrobat could match this. Although Alan Shepherded was the first to play golf on the moon, this was the first space ball game ever played. The tenants of Skylab returned to earth up to 28 days in space. It was a successful and novel mission in space. Space adventures which it broke a deals to send US millionaire Dennis Tito and south African Mark Shuttleworth in to orbit plans to double it’s resture of successful space tourists by launching two people together in the next few years. Now, all they need is a pair of preposterously rich volunteers. Space adventure said, it would charge 20 million per eight to 10 day round trip, similar to what Tito and Shuttleworth reportedly pay for their flights in 2001 and 2002. Despite the astronomical price tag, space adventure chief executive Eric Anderson said a dozen people from all over the world have already been undergone medical tests for the flight and paid certain fees. So, who were the lucky explorers be? Could they be a space wedding or a championship space chess match? Italian radio personality Roberto Ferrari has reportedly expressed the interest. Pop star Lance Bass of Nsync missed out on a chance to test zero gravity after an unsuccessful series of torques. Ask whether there is anything the hopefuls can do to prepare themselves for the mind blowing experience of being in space, Dennis Tito replied that there was not because it is so different than life on Earth. It’s like life on another planet. Almost like being a different species. Most of the ticket costs, enough to buy a monae painting or a very fancy private jet that goes toward building the Russian Sawyers rocket flown on the trip which is not reusable. The cash injection which thickens Russia’s space program budget is a compelling reason to shuttle costumers into space, so that space agencies spokes person. Space adventures would not name any of the next potential civilian space explorers but none of the people who would express interests have pulled out after the US space shuttle Columbia broke up
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