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18 - 11 - 2016

Enabling humans to live in space

With the take off last night of Thomas Pesquet in route to the ISS, the presence of humans in space is a topical subject. It is unfortunately known that the absence of gravity leads to a significant loss of bone and muscle mass that exercises in weightlessness cannot correct. However, it has been discovered, by means of tests carried out in mice, that the stimulation of the vestibular system (organs in the inner ear that allow for balance) could compensate for this lack. Further studies are underway in animals.