In a landmark study, 20 women live in waterbeds for 5 days to explore impact of space on female astronauts

To better explore the implications of space missions on the women’s body, 20 women laid in a waterbed for five days. The study was conducted as part of a dry immersion experiment. 

It’s just the second time a dry immersion study with all-female volunteers has been carried out, but it is the first in Europe. Some of the impacts of spaceflight on the body will be recreated in this study. 

Volunteers complete 24 hours inside an immersed tank with body motions restricted to the greatest extent possible. All daily activities, according to the doctors, are carried out while immersed, and just a little pillow is permitted during meals to enable eating. 

The study is being described as a major milestone for female participation in space research missions. It has the potential to fill in shortfalls, contributing towards the development of better health and medical initiatives for female astronauts in the future.

With the Artemis missions scheduled in the coming years, the limit further than the Earth will see a new population of men and women explorers launch from the earth for the Moon and farther.

While men astronauts have travelled to the Moon and survived, Artemis will see the first female astronauts do so. 

The VIVALDI research was launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) to examine the gendered divergence in scientific data. 

In orbit, astronauts encounter weightlessness, which can cause muscle and bone loss, vision damage, and hearing problems, thus it is necessary to brace astronauts for such situations early in the process.