NASA Astronaut Ron Garan answers #NASATweetUp member’s question on how the human body adjusts to outer space
Astronaut Ron Garan explains that the human body is an amazing thing and it adapts to any environment it’s put in, there is immediate adaptation and long term adaptation – and some of that is not good. For example, loss of bone density is a result of the body realizing it no longer needs its skeleton for functioning. The initial experience in going into space is a violent change in environment…you go from the pressure of 3 G to Zero G in an instant. And you continue to be in Zero G for the duration of the mission in space. In the video Ron Garan explains what his incredible personal experience has been during his space missions. Upon returning to Earth from 2 weeks space, it took Ron Garan about 3-4 hours to “relearn” to walk again.
Ron Garan received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1984….then in 1994 he earned a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, followed by a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida 2 years later. Ron Garan was selected by NASA as a pilot in 2000.
May 31, 2008 STS 124 as Mission Specialist 2 (Flight Engineer)
April 4, 2011 Expedition 27/28 to the International Space Station.