Specialists from more than fifty countries attended a four-day conference on the medical problems of air and space travel which began in Nice in southern France on Monday (18 September).
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Background: Specialists from more than fifty countries attended a four-day conference on the medical problems of air and space travel which began in Nice in southern France on Monday (18 September).
It was the twentieth Congress of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine.
Papers presented to the conference covered research work on the effects of prolonged periods in space, the implications of aircraft noise and man's ability to adapt to high-sped air travel.
Reports from Soviet and American scientists outlined the results of medical tests on astronauts during recent space flights and the problems involved in the United States' Skylab project, in which astronauts may spend months in ORBIT.
SYNOPSIS: Medical aviation specialist met at Nice in France this week to discuss the medical problems of air and space travel. It was the twentieth such conference and the first attended by the Soviet Union.
Delegates from more than fifty countries presented research papers o space travel and man's ability to adapt to high-speed air travel. Other papers covered the speed of disease by air travellers, fatigue in airline crews and the effect of violent manoeuvres on military pilots.
The problem of aircraft noise was also discussed.
Most interest centred on reports of medical tests on astronauts conducted by space biologists in the United States and the Soviet Union.
These included the difficulties faced by astronauts in re-adjusting to earth's atmosphere after prolonged periods in space.
The International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine was founded in 1955. It has one hundred and forty members of thirty-three nationalities.
During the four-day congress, delegates heard reports from Soviet scientists attending the meeting for the first time. There was also an account from American space scientists on the medical problems involved in the Skylab project in which astronauts may spend months in orbit. The reports illustrated the growing co-operation between American and Soviet space scientists.