Thermoregulation in Humans During Long-Term Spaceflight (Thermolab) - 01.09.14
Science Objectives for Everyone Thermoregulation in Humans During Long-Term Spaceflight (Thermolab) investigates the thermoregulatory and cardiovascular adaptations during rest and exercise in the course of a long-duartion microgravity exposure.
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Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)
ISS Expedition Duration:
October 2009 - March 2013
Previous ISS Missions
Thermolab was first operated on Increment 19/20.
- It is hypothesized that heat balance, thermoregulation and circadian temperature rhythms are altered in humans during long-term space flights because of changes in the natural convective heat transfer from the body surface to the environment; changes in fluid shifts along the body's axis from peripheral to central parts; changes in the cardiovascular system; changes in the autonomous nervous system; and changes involving the metabolism and body composition. Since these factors are particularly cross-linked with each other in view of thermoregulation, an integrative study of the topic under microgravity conditions is mandatory.
- This study aims to investigate the thermoregulatory and cardio-vascular adaptations during rest and exercise in the course of a long-term micro-g exposure.
The information obtained by this study will lead to a better basic understanding of heat transfer and the thermal regulation in humans under weightless conditions. Such data will help with monitoring and maintenance of astronaut health and well-being in orbit.
By studying alterations in heat balance, thermoregulation and circadian temperature rhythms in space, we also get a greater understanding behind the mechanisms by which these systems work on Earth.