The effects of nearly one month in space on the three United States Skylab astronauts were described aboard the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga on Saturday (23 June).
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"We are going to see individual differences. Here again I think it's going to be locked up on the particular individuals. Normal vestibular physiology. Just as on the ground, you have some people that get sick riding the back seat of a car. A child gets sick riding on a swing. Then they're highly susceptible. Exposure for a longer duration is going to cause, whether you know whether it's going to, that influence the return period any greater than that we have seen here, I can't say it. Nobody can really. I guess that's something we're going to have to learn as we move into the 56-day phase."
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Background: The effects of nearly one month in space on the three United States Skylab astronauts were described aboard the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga on Saturday (23 June).
Doctor Willard 'Royce' Hawkins, the deputy director of Life Sciences at the Johnson Space Centre examined the three men and then explained their condition to a news conference aboard the ship.
National Aeronautic and Space Administration officials expected some sort of medical problems when the three Skylab men returned to earth, but nobody anticipated the level of sickness that developed.
Doctors say that they don't know what affect future longer space missions will have on astronauts. Dr. Hawkins said that was a problem which would have to be carefully considered.
SYNOPSIS: When the three United States skylab astronauts were examined on Saturday aboard the Aircraft Carrier Ticonderoga, it was obvious that they'd returned from their 28-day space mission less healthy than doctors expected. Charles Conrad and Paul Weitz were complaining of dizziness and nausea, but Joseph Kerwin felt so bad he had to wear special clothes so he wouldn't faint. NASA doctors put it down to a form of motion sickness...a loss of balance caused by the sudden return to the Earth's gravity after prolonged weightlessness in Space. Doctor Royce Hawkins of the Johnson Space Centre, examined the men and explained their condition to a news conference.