Sunday, July 14, 2024

Sultan Al Neyadi participates in studying the effect of microgravity on sleep


The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center announced that Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi will participate in an important scientific experiment aimed at studying the sleep patterns of astronauts in a microgravity environment while on board the International Space Station. Conducted in collaboration with the European Space Agency and the National Center for Space Research in France and the University Hospital Center in Toulouse.

The experiment, called “Dreams,” uses the DRY EEG system. During the experiment, the astronaut wore a head-mounted device to capture a collection of sleep cycle periods, heart rate changes during sleep, and other sleep-related data. Main functions.

Commenting on Al Neyadi’s participation in the experiment, Adnan Al Raez, the Emirates Astronaut Program’s Saeed Tamoh 2 mission director, said: “This experiment will help improve our understanding of the human body’s ability to adapt to a microgravity environment. The agency is collaborating with the European Space Agency and the National Center for Space Research in France and Toulouse. The experiment, conducted by Al Neyadi in collaboration with the University Hospital Center, is critical to the success of long-term space missions, including future missions to the Moon and Mars.

He continued, “We are proud of the contributions the UAE has made to benefit the global scientific community and participate in research and experiments that contribute to ensuring a better future for humanity.”

For his part, Sébastien Bart, Assistant Director of Exploration and Human Spaceflight at France’s National Space Research Centre, said: “The International Space Station is an advanced scientific laboratory and a place for international collaboration. The DREAMS experiment was developed as part of the French contribution to the mission by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet during the ALPHA mission. We at the National Center for Space Studies in France are delighted that astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi will continue to work on this experiment, and it is a great example of the importance of international cooperation in the field of scientific research and space exploration.

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The impact of space travel on the vital, mental and behavioral functions of astronauts is an important research area within the framework of the “DREAMS” experiment, where astronauts live in unique conditions on the International Space Station, especially their exposure to 16 sunrises and sunsets per day, which greatly affects their health. The experiment aims to provide scientific results to help plan and improve treatments for mental health problems caused by the conditions surrounding astronauts, with the aim of improving sleep quality and general health during long-duration space missions.

The results of this experiment will be housed aboard the International Space Station, where the scientific community will continue to collect data on sleep and neuroscience in space, while the experiment will include a measure of commitment to the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center. With human space exploration.

It is noteworthy that the UAE Astronaut Program managed by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center is one of the projects funded by the Information and Communication Technology Fund of the Communications and Digital Government Authority. Department of Information and Communication Technology.

• The experiment was conducted in collaboration with the European Space Agency and the National Center for Space Research in France and the University Hospital Center in Toulouse.

• The experiment aims to improve sleep quality and general health of astronauts during long-duration space missions.

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