Browse Publications Technical Papers 2000-01-2462
2000-07-10

That's One Small Step for Man: Cultural and Physiological Cross-benefits Between Gravity and Reduced Gravity Environments 2000-01-2462

Over ten thousand years of chair use on Earth have evolved primarily for reasons of status rather than comfort. The radically different physiological context of prolonged occupation of reduced gravity environments in outer space has provided a new opportunity to think outside the cultural box back on Earth. This paper explores possible alternatives to the chair for a range of activities including working, learning, and resting in gravity. Conversely, it suggests that what we have learned on Earth from body-mind disciplines, especially the Alexander Technique, might enhance performance in reduced gravity.

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