The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 27, 1996 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27. 1996 A3 TNASA Astronaut finally returns to Earth Six months in space leaves Lucid tired and weak but still standing By MARCIA DUNN The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronaut Shannon Lucid, NASA's space superwoman, returned to Earth on Thursday after six debilitating months of weightlessness and to everyone's amazement, walked off the shuttle Atlantis. Doctors had met her inside the space shuttle with a stretcher, figuring the 53- year-old biochemist would be Space * effects Weightlessness causes the flooding of body fluids in the upper body. In space, the face and upper body is enlarged, and legs may become very skinny. LUCID too weak and wobbly to stand, let alone walk. But she surprised .them, insisting, "I can stand up." ! Two workers assisted her dur- ; ing the short walk onto an airport- style moving sidewalk and into a reclining chair. After a record-shattering 188 days in space — most of that time aboard the Russian space station •••• Mir — she was thrilled to be home. ,1 "We could hear her laughing all :" the way up to the flight deck, I'll tell you, she was just so tickled," said Atlantis' commander, William Readdy. She was still laughing when she met her family a few hours later. Aside from fatigue and woozlness, the bodily changes astronauts undergo: Muscle loss in hips, legs and lower • spine. Bones, along with muscles, • weaken. About 25 percent of strength is lost. Source: NASA "It was just a great mission and I just had a great time," said Lucid, who rocketed away in March and spent a longer stretch in space than any other American and any other woman. Lucid was welcomed back to Earth with a 10-pound box of red, white and blue M&M's from President Clinton and an offer for 188 cases of potato chips — one for every day she spent in orbit. She had craved both while living aboard Mir. Clinton called from the Oval Office to congratulate her. "I could- Due to fluid shift, heart becomes smaller as blood and other fluids redistribute. Back on Earth, blood and other body fluids move • from the torso, head and upper body back to the legs and the lower body. AP/Tracie Tso n't believe you walked off the shuttle," he said. Lucid, who traveled 75 million miles and circled the Earth 3,008 times, faces weeks of rehabilitation to recover from the effects of prolonged weightlessness, which include weak muscles, fatigue, vertigo, anemia and deteriorating bones. She could be dragging for months to come. Unaccustomed to the pull of gravity, she said she felt heavy, but noted that was normal. She also was wobbly, almost falling over when she got up from a chair at NASA's crew quarters. She grabbed onto a table to steady herself. "It will take just a little bit to get fully adapted back to living in one- G (gravity) again," Lucid said. Lucid was taken to the crew quarters building for a battery of medical tests. She was reunited there with her husband, Michael, and their three children, all in their 20s. Lucid was able to enjoy fruit juice and a soft drink. But a shower — her first in six months — had to wait until the most pressing tests were completed. Lucid was replaced aboard Mir by NASA astronaut John Blaha, 54, a retired Air Force colonel who will spend the next four months living on the orbiting outpost with two Russian cosmonauts. Lucid got her first taste of Earth's gravity in six months when Atlantis glided through wispy clouds and touched down at Cape Canaveral in the morning. Beaming, she gave a thumbs-up and shook hands with astronaut Carl Walz seated beside her. Lucid rocketed away March 22 to the Mir station, expecting a 4'A- month mission and an early August homecoming. But booster rocket problems and two hurricanes delayed the shuttle's trip to get her, leaving her in orbit an extra seven weeks. Another Mir-docking mission is planned for January. Atlantis will take up astronaut Jerry Linenger and bring back Blaha. Ducks Unlimited Banquet Tues. Oct. 8th 5:30 pin 827-2386 HEARING TESTS TODAY 9 am • 5 pm Hearing Aid Service 234 S. Santa Fe, Salina, 827-8911 TVe "DeUwn, Events of the Day f 3n Salina Journal END OF SUMMER WINDOW PROMOTION Free High Performance System R™ Glass With Owens Coming/ Delsan Windows For a limited time, when you buy 5 or more Owens Coming/Delsan windows, you can get our high efficiency. System R™ glass free*. Hurry, offer ends Sept. 30, 1996. Carl Strecker, Sales 825-9369 Wayne Wetzel, Installation 913-667-3375 Look for complete details at: Showroom ill I')()() S. P R OFE -S-Sri-tt-N fl L Respiratory Therapy Equipment Call Ginger today for more details. 1331 Armory Road, Salina, 8254401) or 1-800-572-6177 3 Amish killed in wagon crash " By The Associated Press PORT TREVORTON, Pa. — In a deadly clash between modern technology and a simpler way of life, a tractor-trailer plowed into a horse- drawn wagon carrying seven children from an Amish family, • killing three of them. a The truck driver tried to stop a 5T HEALTH Obesity drug is rejected FDA says no because blood pressure increased in patients By The Associated Press BETHESDA, Md. — The first in a new class of obesity drugs works, but there are too many questions about its safety to give it to the thousands of Americans clamoring for it, the government's scientific advisers decided Thursday. The rejection of Knoll Pharmaceutical's sibutramine disappointed obese patients who had hoped for an alternative to another drug now available, but which on rare occasions produces a potentially fatal side effect. The two drugs are the only ones that can be taken long term to help suppress appetite. "We really wanted an alternative to Redux," said Lynn McAfee of the Council on Size & Weight Discrimination, a consumer advocacy group. She said sibu- tramine's side effects "can at least be monitored and controlled, unlike Redux." The Food and Drug Administration's scientific advisory panel voted 5-4 against allowing Knoll to sell sibutramine because the company didn't prove that the weight loss outweighed a side effect — a small rise in blood pressure. A study of 480 patients found 39 percent who took the optimum dose of sibutramine for a year lost 5 percent of their body weight. Only 20 percent of patients could lose that much weight with diet alone. 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