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

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Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

10 Summary

Now is a good time to revisit the learning outcomes for this week. Below is a summary of what you have covered.

  • This week you have learned about the types of scientific research that can benefit from microgravity environments, focusing on ageing. Activity 1 showed that, as a proportion of the world’s total population, the younger population is anticipated to decrease. This would lead to lower contributions to the world’s economies and, as a ‘double whammy’, the older retired generation is anticipated to increase substantially.
  • You have extrapolated data from a pie chart (Figure 2, and Activity 1). You have also interpreted data on a logarithmic–linear graph (Figure 11 and Activity 8).
  • You have calculated speed using distance and time data (Activity 4).
  • You have also carried out or watched Practical experiment 2 in which you measured your heart rate and respiration rate in a seated position, when lying down and after moderate exercise .

Next week you will start by looking at the very small. After Weeks 1 and 2 of learning about the ISS and the impact of microgravity on humans, you will look at the other scale of size by diving into the quantum world.

You can now go to Week 3 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .


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