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Axiom space company said that three astronauts, expected to go on a trip to the International Space Station, will wear an EEG helmet, which will monitor the effects of space exploration on brain activity, according to “Euronews”.
The company is expected to launch the mission on April 3, and it will be the first private flight of its kind to the International Space Station, and it will include four astronauts, whose mission will take ten days.
Data on heart rate, skin resistance and muscle mass were constantly collected in space, but nothing was done about the brain, according to BrainSpace CEO Yair Levy, who invented the EEG helmet, as he told Reuters. “This system does not depend on any technology, nor does it require any special setup or process to wear it,” he said. “You just have to press a button to start operating, and start measuring brain activity.”
Brainspace will include 30 other experiments during the Rakia mission to the International Space Station.
Among the four astronauts, three will wear the helmet, which has 460 pipettes attached to the scalp, and will perform a number of tasks daily for twenty minutes, during which data will be uploaded to a computer on the International Space Station.
The missions include testing the “alien visual ball”, which was effective in detecting unusual brain dynamics, according to the company, which has already completed studies similar to those tasks on Earth.
After the upcoming mission, the BrainSpace project will compare EEG data to find out the differences in brain activity between Earth and space.
Conducting such experiments is a vital component of the advancement of manned space flights, especially since long-term space exploration and living outside our world have become possible.
BrainSpace said it has raised 7.6 million euros as part of an initial funding campaign, and is working in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences Department at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University, to transform vast amounts of potentially exploitable data into knowledge.
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