Spacelab-1 Sled experiment

Spacelab-1 Sled experiment

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Credit: ESA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Spacelab-1 Sled experiment. Test subject sitting on Sled, an ESA (European Space Agency) experiment launched on Spacelab-1 on 28th November 1983. Sled was used to investigate space sickness by monitoring eye movement as the seat moved horizontally and tilted, while cold or hot air was blown into the astronaut's ears. In weightlessness an astronaut's vestibular system (used to keep balance and navigate) works differently and the sense of equilibrium changes, causing space sickness. The Sled experiment allowed researchers to understand how the vestibular system adapts to living in space. Photographed in 1981.

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