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August 22, 1962

Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana · Page 10

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Stresses of Space Flight Are Revealed By JOHN BARBOVR and during spaceflight. The prob- Gilruth said he would not want Associated Press Science Writer HOUSTON. Tex. (AP)-Confi- dcnt smiles to the contrary, it costs in terms of stress and wear and tear to make the kind of lem is keeping a proper water balance in the body. John H. Glenn Jr., on the first U.S. orbital flight, became slightly dehydrated. His water intake was limited. to pinpoint the number of remaining flights to be carried out prior (o Project Gemini, which will tise a two-man spacecraft. orbital adventures U.S. and Soviet btlt nis wa 'pr loss \vas termed astronauts are making. .normal. There are tell-tale signs of | Carpenter lost about stress hut few of them are adver- times as much water as Glenn tised or talked about openly. J lost during a similar experience, U.S. space experts have detailed indicating there may be broad information about the medical persona] differences. This is what performance of their astronauts, fight physicians want to explore Little is known of the physiologi- [ more . fullv - It could bear strongly "I would say there will be at least one six-orbital flight and at least one 24-hour flight," he said. The six-orbit shot is planned for September. N. S. Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered merchant ship, could cruise 14 times around L. i.-i niivvtii in nic £/lljol\JlU£;l* ; *> • ~ -——••« —^M» w b » r.ii reaction of Soviet astronauts | on flights of long duration. .... .._ — .. u ..^. 0 „.„„„„ to the rigors of space flight. | At a news conference Carpenter the earth at speeds up to 23 knots One critical sign of stress can' ^'^ ne a "d nis fellow astronauts I without refueling. be associated with weight loss, j are challenged rather than dis-' more specifically loss of large i couraged by the twin orbital flight by two Soviet cosmonauts. Dr. R. Robert Gilruth, director amounts of water. Indications of this came from Tuesday's conference reviewing the technical details of Malcolm Scott Carpenter's flight May 24. It was the second orbital flight in a I'.-S. spacecraft. Carpenter, a 154-pounder atj flidit time, dropped six pounds! KV die time he weighed in aboard Ihr recovery ships 15 hours later. Most people lose some weight, in the course of a strenuous day.! Rut there are indications water! los- can be caused by hormonal j srlivity—more specifically activity of adrenal gland hormones, believed to be indicators of stress. The adrenal gland produces a variety of hormones, and some of them have been shown to be flirts in the body's reaction to stress. Meeting a sudden challenge, adrenalin is released into the bloodstream and keeps alert every muscle. Other adrenal hormones regulate otlier body systems, including the release or retention of water, perhaps in response to other kinds of stress. 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