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perineau
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posted 12-23-2012 01:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just wondering - when one watches "From the Earth to the Moon" or "Apollo 13," we see astronauts getting sick during the missions of Apollo 8, 9 and 13 - were other Apollo flights or Gemini and Mercury missions for that matter plagued by space sickness?

Jim Behling
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posted 12-23-2012 03:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Adaptation Syndrome (SAS) is related to cabin volume. It did not affect crew members in small, tight cabin space.

It only became apparent in Apollo with the ability to move around in the cabin and even more so on the shuttle.

perineau
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posted 12-23-2012 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info - I'll have to keep that in mind in case I ever get the chance to go to space!

BBlatcher
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posted 12-26-2012 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BBlatcher     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In Gene Cernan's book, he hints that space sickness was more widespread than reported. It was in a paragraph talking about Rusty Schweickart's troubles on Apollo 9, the quote was something like "Sure, you might toss your cookies a bit, but you didn't let it get you down, like some nugget." I'm paraphrasing there.

Cernan also noted that 'Rusty paid the price for us all" by being public about his sickness, which also hints that it occurred on other flights. There are no specifics though.

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