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CLIP 14189

The effect of space flight on the human body

The effect of space flight on the human body

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Key Info
  • The effect of space flight on the human body
  • Duration: 01:25
  • Astronauts might be made of 'the right stuff' but 67% of them suffer from motion sickness at blast-off. And that's just the start of their physical troubles. In space, astronauts frequently experience muscle wasting, back pain, loss of bone mass and deteriorating vision. But their biggest worry is exposure to cosmic rays, found outside the Earth's protective atmosphere, which cause heart disease and damage DNA. A year in space could give you 219 times more radiation than you would get on Earth. First broadcast on 'Dara O Briain's Science Club' on BBC Two in December 2012.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Space Exploration

  • Keywords: DaraOBriainsScienceClub, Dara O'Briain, Science Club, astronauts, gravity, health, space sickness, cosmic rays, radiation
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used to introduce pupils to the concepts of space travel and the effects it can have on the health of astronauts.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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