Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Space Dangers: Outer Space Perils, Rocket Risks and the Health Consequences of the Space Environment

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Natural elements and cosmic phenomena in space, such as asteroids, comets, meteors, black holes and super bubbles pose a threat to the planet Earth and spacefarers in the near-Earth environment. ...
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Brain & Neurology

Pp. 249-259 (11)

Dirk C. Gibson

Abstract

The brain, neurological and vestibular systems were the subject of this chapter. Pressure on the brain and astronaut headaches were documented, along with difficulty in making estimates and judgment. Cognitive impairment was correlated to the space environment, and Alzheimer’s Disease-like symptoms were noted. A brain/mental health monitor was described. Space-induced neurological disorders were discussed and neurodegeneration and neurological consequences of the space environment were considered. The effect on balance and orientation of the space environment was documented. The vestibular system was discussed and astronaut disorientation was documented. The consequences of the space environment on the vestibular system were discussed.

Keywords:

Alzhiemer’s Disease, ampula, cilia, cochlea, cognitive development, endolymph, equilibrium, Massachusetts General Hospital, McGill University, neural circuits, neurodegeneration, neurology, neurovestibular, otolith, saccule, Skylab, spatial, utricle, vestibular system.

Affiliation:

The University of New Mexico USA.