Highlights

  • 4-day-long spa as part of science research
  • Research to address gender gap in science data 
  • Results to help astronauts and patients on Earth 

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A research being conducted by European Space Agency has recreated some of the effects of spaceflight on the body of women and attempted to address the gender gap in science data. 

The European Space Agency recently launched a study to understand the effects of space travel on the female body. 

20 women will be a part of this study, named VIVALDI, where they will be tucked in waterbeds with minimal movement of their limbs. 

This process is called dry immersion and creates situations similar to living in space as they experience supportlessness and weightlessness.

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It is a crucial process to prepare astronauts to lead a healthy life while in orbit. 

The research is being conducted on women especially to understand the physiological and psychological effects on the female gender, a field in which there is great scarcity of data. 

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