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Trip to Mars Could Throw Off Astronauts' Balance

Imagine if our first Mars astronauts fell over and had trouble orienting themselves as soon as they landed on Mars. That could be the troubling reality according to a new bed rest study.

Published On 10/24/2016
2:04 PM EDT
A bed rest study participant at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, in association with NASA. | Credit: NASA
Expedition 38-39 NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio shortly after landing in May 2014. After six months on the International Space Station, most astronauts have trouble walking and doing other normal activities in Earth gravity. | Credit: NASA
Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano uses the treadmill on the International Space Station in 2013. Exercise is a common countermeasure for astronauts spending long periods of time in space. | Credit: NASA