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Space Cycle Tests Artificial Gravity As Solution To Muscle Loss

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September 18, 2005
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National Space Biomedical Research Institute
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A bike-like centrifuge that creates artificial gravity may help astronauts combat muscle atrophy in space. The National Space Biomedical Research Institute is researching whether resistance training under artificial gravity conditions produce the same kind of muscle responses that occur when a person performs weight training on Earth.

Space Cycle is an artificial gravity exercise gym that enables the rider to perform resistance-training exercises without the use of weights. To achieve the desired amount of force, the rider on the left powers the cycle while the rider on the right performs squats.
Credit: Photo courtesy of V.J. Caiozzo, University of California, Irvine

A bike-like centrifuge that creates artificial gravity may help astronauts combat muscle atrophy in space. Through a study at the University of California, Irvine, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is exploring the concept of a Space Cycle for inflight resistance-training exercise.


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