Loss of muscle mass in microgravity is one of the primary factors limiting long-term space flight . NASA researchers have developed a number of exercise devices to address this problem. The most recent is the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) , which is currently used by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) to emulate typical free-weight exercises in microgravity. ARED exercise on the ISS is intended to reproduce Earth-level muscle loads, but the actual muscle loads produced remain unknown as they cannot currently be measured directly.
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Estimated Muscle Loads During Squat Exercise in Microgravity Conditions
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Fregly, CD, Kim, BT, Li, Z, De Witt, JK, & Fregly, BJ. "Estimated Muscle Loads During Squat Exercise in Microgravity Conditions." Proceedings of the ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Fajardo, Puerto Rico, USA. June 20–23, 2012. pp. 367-368. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2012-80785
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