Fruit Fly Study Could Help Astronauts Deal With Microgravity. -AIAA news

Space (1/4, Choi) reports, “A new study that examines the way magnetic fields that simulate weightlessness on Earth affect how fruit flies walk could help scientists understand microgravity’s influence on humans and other animals in space, researchers say.” Richard Hill of the University of Nottingham led the study that used superconducting magnets to simulate the effects of weightlessness in order to make the experience cheaper and to eliminate factors like G-forces that could have been responsible for any observed changes. Hill said, “It’s also important to remember that, in our endeavors to explore space – setting up permanent bases on Mars, for example, or other planets – it will be crucial to understand the effects of weightlessness on all living organisms.”