A lot of equipment we work with is related to human physiology. I am not new to this field. I have been working at ESA since the nineties and I originally worked on experiments for the Space Shuttle’s European Spacelab and for the Russian Mir space station. One of these experiments is called MARES (Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System), it uses an instrument that can measure the strength of many muscles in a human body. As scientific coordinator I took part in designing this equipment and now I have worked with the hardware on the Space Station. This is quite an experience. I had hoped that I would be able to conduct experiments with MARES as well, but we are not quite ready yet. We are still in the assembly stage. I put some components together and have done some first tests. I will be back on Earth when the muscle monitor is put into operation. Read on...
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