SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT USED:
CHIRO equipment allows to study the capacity of the
cosmonaut's motor system to produce and control in the
on-orbit environments a strictly specified force in
the course of performing specified exercises for hands
using hand and finger dynamometers.
- Coupler unit SCU
- Data and power cables.
Standard equipment used:
- PCMCIA memory cards
- Mini-DV cassettes
needed to record the data obtained in the course
of the experiment, to be subsequently returned to
To study the effects of microgravity on the mechanism
of muscular contraction, and the working capacity
of cosmonaut's hand in flight.
The measurement of isometric strength of the hand,
as well as finger grip strength during performance
of strictly regulated exercises with hand and finger
dynamometers in view of possible deterioration in
the crew's working capacity.
- obtaining the data needed to improve standard
procedures for evaluating ISS crew's working capacity;
- obtaining the data needed to develop measures
to prevent adverse effects of space flight on crew
health and working capacity.