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MICROGRAVITY EFFECTS ON HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY: CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
 
Biology

Key Topics: Physiology of the Circulatory System, Application of Lab 10

This problem focuses on the Flight Surgeon and his role in keeping astronauts healthy before, during, and after flight. Students will examine the effects of gravity on the evolution of form and function in the human circulatory system and will connect space biology and related medical pathologies on Earth.

Students will:
  • analyze the effects of external stimuli on the physiological processes of the body;
  • apply the concept of form and function to an unfamiliar situation;
  • review and recall specific content knowledge for the circulatory system as it relates to blood pressure and cardiac output;
  • examine form and function of the heart as muscle tissue rather than an organ;
  • examine the effects of gravity on the evolution of form and function in the human circulatory system;
  • find the connection between space biology and related medical pathologies on Earth; and
  • recognize the risks and hazards associated with space science and the human body.


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