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U of C alum ready for the space station

Out of this world medical advances could be made during Canada’s first-ever long-term space mission this summer.

Out of this world medical advances could be made during Canada’s first-ever long-term space mission this summer.

Robert Thirsk, a University of Calgary alumnus, said he would be taking part in seven experiments while on his six-month ground-breaking trip to the International Space Station, blasting off from a Russian Soyuz vehicle in May.

“When I think about (the trip), I think about the Monty Python movie title Now for Something Completely Different,” the astronaut said.

Information he’ll bring back with regard to weightlessness and blood flow as well as visual and bodily cues while in a near-weightless environment could be applied to those experiencing dizziness or fainting spells, or those suffering from balance and movement control disorders.

 
 
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