Dr. James Kirkland of the May York Clinic is cautiously optimistic about the crew of the first civilian all-private sector astronauts Axiom Space will fly to the International Space Station.
Columbus, Ohio — What can happen on Earth is not the same as what can happen in weightlessness.
“This is all new and exploratory,” Dr. Kirkland described his work on cellular senescence or aging. This is one of several scientific projects onboard the AX-1 starting February 21, 2022.
“These are cells that accumulate again,” he explains. “They can even appear in children in the context of illness, and one of the things that happens to astronauts, and even pilots and flight attendants, can develop age-related diseases early. There is. ”
Kirkland further explained how the radiation of people traveling in the highlands causes cellular senescence, but in part it is also caused by weightlessness and high g-force.
“If you don’t see the effects of weightlessness, you know that what you really have to be careful about is radiation, which is the cause,” Kirkland said.
His research would not have been possible without the willingness of the four civilian astronauts to take part in this historic trip.
One of them is Larry Connor, a Dayton businessman. He recently visited Dr. Kirkland in his lab in Minnesota.
Connor AX-1 pilot Mission. Kirkland said all four crew members agreed to participate in the Mayo Clinic study.
“We are measuring blood markers of senescent cells before they take off, when they take off, and after they return,” Kirkland explained. “And since they experience weightlessness for 10 days, we take cells to see how much of the aging that occurs in space is related to weightlessness vs. radiation. This distinguishes between the two. It’s an opportunity. ”
Dr. Kirkland said the data is also important to NASA as future trips to Mars near the Sun are planned. If they can find the answer, researchers will know how to stop cellular senescence in other diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, childhood cancer, diabetes and arthritis.
On Thursday at 6 pm on 10TV news, Anchor Angela Ann shares the story of Larry Connor and why he feels this space mission is really a call to help humanity.
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