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Microgravity: living on the International Space Station
Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

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This free course was written by Tom Wilks and Helen Fraser. It was first published in October 2018.

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Figure 2: taken from:; Source: The Wisdom Years

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Figure 11: taken from: European Heart Journal, Volume 27, Issue 20, 2 October 2006, Pages 2387–2393,

Figure 12: ©Lia Barret

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Figure 14: courtesy of T.R. Wilks

Video 2: ©Canadian Space Agency

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