Astronauts’ Gym Of The Future Could Be An Alpine Slide In Space

September 27, 2017

Clark tells Colorado Matters that the health problems astronauts face, including muscle atrophy and bone loss, will be worse on extended voyages like a mission to Mars. To mitigate this, he and his team propose strapping the astronaut into a sled and catapulting it back and forth across a track. The forces of acceleration and deceleration would simulate the effect of gravity.  

NIAC is holding a symposium in Denver this week. On Monday we spoke with Chris Dreyer of the Colorado School of Mines, who's part of a team exploring the idea of mining asteroids using concentrated sunlight. On Tuesday, University of Colorado scientist Jay McMahon told us about the possibility of frisbee-like robots flying around and attaching themselves to asteroids.