Otolith Assessment During Postflight Re-adaptation (Otolith) - 01.09.14
Science Objectives for Everyone Otolith Assessment During Postflight Re-adaptation (Otolith) assesses otolith (small bones of the inner ear) function in crewmembers preflight and postflight.
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Kayser Threde, Munich, , Germany
Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)
ISS Expedition Duration:
April 2008 - September 2011
Previous ISS Missions
Otolith first began on ISS Expedition 18.
- Otolith Assessment During Postflight Re-adaptation (Otolith) will assess otolith (small bones of the inner ear) function before and after space flight to this evaluate otolith-ocular response (OOR) and the subjective visual vertical (SVV) to assess unilateral utricle function. Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) will be recorded in order to assess unilateral saccule function.
- Together this represents a comprehensive examination of all aspects of the otolith system, providing critical information on the validity of the otolith asymmetry hypothesis and on the post flight adaptation of the individual otolith functions.
Kornilova LN, Naumov IA, Makarova SM. Static Torsional Otolith-Cervical-Ocular Reflex After Prolonged Exposure to Weightlessness and a 7-day Immersion. Acta Astronautica. 2011 May - Jun; 68(9-10): 1462-1468.
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