Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mars Museum


This video shows Devin trying out the downward tilt in the museum, simulating what happens to the body in weightlessness. If you're anywhere near Houston and could take the kids to visit Hermann Park, the Health Museum is definitely worth a looksee, and the Mars pavilion is just one of many interactive exhibits.

There is no "sci-fi" here... this is a realistic analysis of what would be necessary for a Mars Mission to be a reality in our lifetimes!

Here I am, spinning...! Another by-product of weightlessness is how the inner-ear and systemic equilibrium must adjust to new conditions.

This exercise asks visitors to time themselves at spatial and mathematical tasks while in motion. I chose difficulty level 6, and it took me 44 seconds to complete a series of numeric patterns that later only took me about 27 seconds sitting still... and of course you feel like you are going to vomit or faint if you take TOO long! Click here to see a close-up of the console.

1 comment:

Sach said...

You know - it came to me (not in the shower, but while running :)); Just out of the blue - that they have it all wrong!

They're basically saying that human beings act dumber in a rotating spacecraft. That might be true in the short term, but who knows long term?

I mean after all, the Earth's rotating at a very mighty fast speed of 1070miles/hr, and I like to think I'm no dumber for living here, though it'd be interesting to see if I my IQ scores/ reaction timings become better, were the planet to stop rotating! :)