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James Hartsfield March 16, 1995

Eileen Hawley

RELEASE: 95-021

NOTE TO EDITORS:

WORKSHOP TO COMPLEMENT SPACE MEDICINE CONFERENCE APRIL 3 - 5With the construction of the International Space Station only 32 months away, news media are invited to take part in a unique hands-on learning experience April 3 as the Johnson Space Center hosts a media workshop focused on living, learning and working in space. The half-day workshop will be held in conjunction with the 1995 Life Sciences and Space Medicine Conference and Exhibition in Houston.

During JSC's media workshop on "Weightlessness: Mysteries, Opportunities and Understanding," media will have unprecedented access to JSC facilities, including visits to exercise physiology laboratories, the astronaut quarantine quarters and other unique facilities that help prepare astronauts for life in microgravity. Reporters will gain firsthand knowledge on how these facilities are used as they participate in some hands-on demonstrations during the afternoon's activities.

Simultaneously, during the three-day Houston conference at the Westin Galleria, sponsored by NASA, NIH, DoD and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, reporters will have the opportunity to interview the world's foremost experts on space medicine; space medicine technology; results of weightless research on plants, animals and humans; and the use of weightlessness as a resource.

The conference will feature such distinguished speakers as Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood, Associate Director for Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison; Dr. Michael DeBakey, Chancellor of the Baylor College of Medicine; and NASA Administrator Dan Goldin. Dr. Carolyn L. Huntoon, Director of the Johnson Space Center, is the general chair of the event which focuses on how space-based medical research benefits life on Earth.

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A sampling of topics to be covered by a variety of experts during the three-day exposition includes NASA's planned methods to counteract the effects of weightlessness for International Space Station crew members; the types of research planned on the International Space Station, its importance, and its potential on Earth; and the benefits that research in weightlessness aboard the Space Shuttle already has produced.

Scientists from across the country will present information on subjects such as a study of the Earth from space that has helped track a disease spread by insects; bright lights that may ease the transition of those working nighttime shifts on Earth as well as in space; and new drugs for use on Earth that are being developed from space research. These are just a few of many planned presentations.

In addition, demonstrations of the latest technological achievements in the field of space and life sciences will be available at the conference and at JSC, as will demonstrations of how many of these technologies have benefited those outside of the space industry.

Media interested in attending the workshop and conference are asked to contact the JSC Office of Public Affairs by March 24. An agenda of planned workshop events and a conference agenda are attached. Transportation between the conference site and JSC will be provided.

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Workshop Agenda -- April 3, 1995 Weightlessness: Mysteries, Opportunities and Understanding
Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

>Spaceflight, Weightlessness, and Humans

12:15 p.m. Welcome & Overview

Bldg. 2, Rm. 135 Dr. Sam Pool

Effects of Microgravity on the Human Body and Countermeasures



12:45 p.m. Musculoskeletal System

Bone Density Loss Bldg. 37 Dr. Linda Shackelford

Learn how microgravity may affect bone density and participate in a bone density scan.

1:45 p.m. Neurovestibular System

The Preadaptation Trainer

& Tilt Translation Device Bldg. 9 Dr. Debra Harm

Learn which parts of your body are fooled by microgravity, and get a taste of the disorientation astronauts may experience during spaceflight.

>Preparing for Spaceflight 3:00 p.m. Health Stabilization & Physical Conditioning

Circadian Shifting, Meals,

Exercise Crew Quarters Dr. Larry Pepper

Tour the astronaut crew quarters and see how the health stabilization

program strives to keep flight crews healthy.

4:30 p.m. Unique Training Facilities

Tour the KC135 "Vomit Comet" and the Shuttle Training Aircraft, two of the unique tools used to ready astronauts for flight.

5:30 p.m. Depart for Westin Galleria

 

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