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"Wheel of Death". Scientists have come up with a way for astronauts to stay fit on the Moon

Maria ShevchukNews
After zero gravity, astronauts find it difficult to return to Earth's gravity. Source: Pixabay

Staying in low gravity causes changes in the entire body: muscles atrophy, bones lose mass, and control over the entire body decreases. That's why astronauts who spend time outside the Earth's atmosphere need to exercise during their missions.

Now, researchers from the University of Milan have developed a new form of exercise to keep the bodies of future Moon inhabitants in shape. This is running on the inside of the Wheel of Death, Space writes.

"Wheels of Death can be seen in circuses and theme parks. It's a big circle. You have to run on the inside of the wheel so fast that you don't fall victim to gravity and fall off it.

In the conditions of Earth's gravity, it is extremely difficult for human legs to accomplish this feat - in fact, it is impossible. But on the Moon, where the force of gravity is one-sixth that of the Earth, a person can run on the inside of the Wheel. In fact, this may be a way to simulate running on a flat surface in a much higher gravity.

''Wheel of Death''. Scientists have come up with a way for astronauts to stay fit on the Moon

Milan researchers wanted to see if this was possible. They rented a 9.4-meter-wide Wheel of Death and had two people run on the inside of it, supported by bungee cords from above to simulate lunar gravity.

Both participants were able to climb up onto the wheel, run around the inside of it, and safely descend back to the ground after only five to eight attempts. When the researchers measured the runners' speed, stride length, and the force with which they pressed down on the ground, they determined that the conditions the runners were in were no different from those on Earth.

Given these results, the authors believe that several such laps on the Moon per day may be very appropriate to prevent degeneration of the body.

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