Artificial gravity considerations for a mars exploration mission

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1999 May 28;871:367-78. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1999.tb09198.x.


Artificial gravity (AG), as a means of preventing physiological deconditioning of astronauts during long-duration space flights, presents certain special challenges to the otolith organs and the adaptive capabilities of the CNS. The key issues regarding the choice of AG acceleration, radius, and rotation rate are reviewed from the viewpoints of physiological requirements and human factors disturbances. Head movements and resultant Coriolis forces on the rotating platform may limit the usefulness of economical short centrifuges for other than brief periods of intermittent stimulation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aerospace Medicine / methods
  • Gravity, Altered*
  • Humans
  • Space Flight*
  • Spacecraft