Andreas Mogensen: MARES sessions


This timelapse shows ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen working with Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei Volkov during the iriss mission to unpack, setup, test and then store the MARES muscle-measurement machine in Europe’s space laboratory Columbus on the International Space Station over three days.

The Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System, or MARES for short, is a three-in-one muscle-measurement machine on the International Space Station that monitors astronauts’ muscles as they work out.

Muscle strength decreases during spaceflight and researchers need to know why this happens in order to prepare for long-duration missions and safe space tourism. MARES is an exercise bench that offers detailed information about how muscles behave during spaceflight.

MARES was a large part of Andreas’s ten-day iriss mission to the International Space Station that started 2 September 2015.

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  1. I would like to see more time-lapse video's from the astronauts using scientific machines. I would be even better if there could be a way to view the video on regular speed. Seeing how science is done is certainly interesting, and incredibly entertaining, best of all we might learn something.

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