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Back Pain Pattern in Microgravity (DSO 483)
Principal Investigator
Research Area:
Clinical medicine
Muscle physiology
Skeletal physiology
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

The primary objective of this study was to collect information about the back pain pattern and height increase experienced by astronauts in microgravity. Back pain is a common symptom experienced by astronauts during space flight, second only to space motion sickness. Prior to this investigation, the majority of information was collected retrospectively during the postflight Medical Operations debrief of each crewmember. Recording of the symptoms on a daily basis with the associated height measurement attempted to correlate the pain/discomfort with the rapid phase of the height increase.

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Back pain

Data Information
Data Availability
Archive is complete. No data sets are available for this experiment. Please Contact LSDA if you know of available data for this investigation.

Back pain patterns
Height changes
Pain diagrams

Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
STS-59 04/09/1994 04/20/1994 11 days
STS-61 12/02/1993 12/13/1993 11 days
STS-63 02/03/1995 02/11/1995 8 days
STS-64 09/09/1994 09/20/1994 11 days
STS-69 09/07/1995 09/18/1995 11 days
STS-72 01/11/1996 01/20/1996 9 days
STS-76 03/22/1996 03/31/1996 9 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Jessica Keune
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)