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deccanchronicle.com Mar 26, 2016

An exercise machine for the Mars trip

Astronauts can use it for dozens of exercises that work out different parts of the body.

At just 30 kilos, the MED-2 is less than six per cent the mass of the Advanced Restive Exercise Device that’s currently being used aboard the International Space Station.

On long-term space journeys like a manned mission to Mars, it’s important that astronauts pack light. In an effort to save as much space as possible, Nasa has designed a miniature exercise device called the MED-2 to be used on future trips into deep space, Gizmodo reports.

Though it comes in a tiny package, the MED-2 serves multiple functions. Astronauts can use it for dozens of exercises that work out different parts of the body. At just 30 kilos, the MED-2 is less than six per cent the mass of the Advanced Restive Exercise Device that’s currently being used aboard the International Space Station.

Astronauts don’t just work out because it’s a way to pass the time — without at least two-and-a-half hours of daily exercise, the effects of microgravity begin to wear away their bone and muscle mass. Before hitching a ride on any deep-space missions that might be coming up, the MED-2 will first be tested aboard the ATK Cygnus cargo vehicle used to supply the ISS.

 

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