P568 ORACLE 568 Sat29 Jul C4 2210:11  . .. * 2/6  . . : .  * .. . * LIVING ON SPACE STATION FREEDOM...2 There will be eight crew members from the US and space partner nations living virtually gravity-free. The health risks are enormous. But new drugs are being developed to slow bone damage. ROOM WITH A VIEW: While it's not exactly home-from-home, the common living area will approximate normality - with a ceiling, a floor and a window. And what a window. Dining under the stars will take on an entirely new meaning. Not endlessly receding space, but the earthscape flying by with a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes. more follows > Buzz Index 560 Buzz-Line 569 Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids Diversions
P568 ORACLE 568 Sat29 Jul C4 2201:11  . .. * 6/6  . . : .  * .. . * LIVING ON SPACE STATION FREEDOM...6 GETTING HOME IN A HURRY: So what if a chunk of space debris comes slicing through the hull, there's a medical emergency or you run short of Chicken Korma? Crew Emergency Return Vehicles (CERV) are likely to be the answer. A spacecraft attached to the manned base will evacuate crew members at a moment's notice. A space shuttle that could be launched at will is another possibility. more >  THE 568 WEEK  MONDAY — FRIDAY: Computers (daily) WEEK-END: IN ORBIT — space news. Buzz Index 560 Buzz-Line 569 Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids Diversions
P568 ORACLE 568 Sat29 Jul C4 2211:01  . .. * 1/6  . . : .  * .. . * by Alex Cadell LIVING ON SPACE STATION FREEDOM...1 The ultimate purpose of Freedom, the space station christened by President Reagan in 1988, is still unclear. In low-Earth orbit, to be permanently occupied for the next 30 years, it will be a vast international laboratory kitted out with the most advanced equipment for gravity-free research into virtually all the sciences. But it could also be a celestial garage serving fuel and fodder to craft bound for Mars or beyond. more > Buzz Index 560 Buzz-Line 569 PROPERTY ABROAD - see page 498 Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids Diversions
P568 ORACLE 568 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:00  . .. * 3/6  . . : .  * .. . * LIVING ON SPACE STATION FREEDOM...3 WHAT'S FOR DINNER? The meals will be a far cry from the unnerving mineral cakes and grotesque substances issuing from toothpaste tubes of the past. NASA dieticians are putting together a vastly expanded menu, drawing on frozen entrees, refrigerated treats, stable shelf foods and a variety of drinks. NO WASHING UP! At the end of a meal, a compactor will crush rubbish, including disposable cooking and eating utensils, into manageable sizes for storage and later transfer to earth. more follows > Buzz Index 560 Buzz-Line 569 Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids Diversions
P568 ORACLE 568 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:11  . .. * 4/6  . . : .  * .. . * LIVING ON SPACE STATION FREEDOM...4 No longer needed to pump blood against the pull of gravity, muscles atrophy and the heart gets lazy in space. GO FOR THE BURN So there's two 45-min workouts a day on treadmills and bikes. Also, in flights lasting longer than a month, significant numbers of red blood cells are destroyed. Sickness spreads easily, while psychological trauma and depression will be factors. The doctor in the house will be the sick bay with a restraint system, tools for minor surgery and a computerised medical library. more > Buzz Index 560 Buzz-Line 569 Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids Diversions
P568 ORACLE 568 Sat29 Jul C4 2201:00  . .. * 5/6  . . : .  * .. . * LIVING ON SPACE STATION FREEDOM...5 Each astronaut is given a bed-sit - at 4.2 cubic metres, it's about the size of a train berth. With a TV, video, stereo, computer terminal, telephone and video links for chats with the folks back home, there's not exactly a shortage of home comforts Washing happens in a shower stall which circulates combined warm water and air. The bed is a sleeping bag hooked to the wall. Rubber bands keeps the slumbering astronaut firmly in place. They say that once asleep, it's no different from lying horizontally in bed. more follows > Buzz Index 560 Buzz-Line 569 Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids Diversions