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One of our Directors here at the LOOP Magazine Blake has been hard at work again with UK Space Environments Association, with the Royal Air Force Blue Abyss & King's College London, he certainly pulled a crowd with UK Space Environments showcases at August’s Science Museum Lates: Space. This Lates was in partnership with UK Space Environments, The Royal Society, BBC Tomorrow's World, Wellcome and The Open University, bringing the best in UK space research.
As public outreach and conference lead for UKSpaceLABs and the UK Space Environments associations, Blake bought along some activities to a well hydrated crowd enjoying the delights of the Science Museum Lates event. A free event at the Science Museum, London held every month. Bars opening 18:45- 22:00 pm. Activities that were on showcase from the UK Space Environments members included ‘The Effects of Space on the Human Body’. The UK’s first specialist in Aviation Medicine from the Royal Air Force Bonnie Posselt demonstrated to visitors that in Space, there is no atmosphere and no gravity, having a profound effect on the human body which is designed to function on Earth. As doctors training in Space Medicine, they highlighted some of the dangers of this austere environment with some practical demonstrations.
‘Sea plus Space’ from Blue Abyss, brought virtual reality to the museum to show visitors a virtual diving pool and experts in the deep sea or astronaut training environments including MD John Vickers, and Dr Simon Evetts. Blue Abyss are set to be the World’s largest diving pool and private astronaut training facility in the UK and on the night they gave a brief overview of how humankind has always striven to explore, firstly here on Earth and in our oceans, and more lately into outer space. They highlighted that the more we strive to explore space, the more we benefit from exploring our oceans and generated a lot of interest from visitors to the museum.
‘Developing a Human Space SkinSuit’ showcased by the experts at Kings College London, Phil Carvil PhD student at KCL brought and wore his gravity countermeasure skinsuit and wowed the crowd by showcasing a suit that had actually been flown by ESA astronaut on the International Space Station. He explained that On Earth gravity loads the body, affecting our development. Prolonged exposure to microgravity induces changes within the body requiring innovative countermeasures. Come and see an example of the European Space Agency’s SkinSuit, which is currently under evaluation to support astronauts.
- by Blake Hopley - Director and Editor