Astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s recovery monitored with Tempus Pro

Release date 15th December 2017

As part of RDT’s collaboration within the ARTES Integrated Applications Programme of the European Space Agency, our Tempus technology has been used during their latest Astronaut recovery, in extremely harsh conditions. Space travel can place enormous pressure on the body and accurate monitoring of vital signs is fundamental during re-acclimatisation once back on earth.

Following copy courtesy of ESA – Stephane Corvaja, 2017*

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli and his colleagues Randy Bresnik of NASA and Sergei Ryazansky of Roscosmos returned to Earth from the International Space Station on 14 December in their Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft landing at 08:37 GMT.

The ride home from the International Space Station saw the trio brake from 28 800 km/h to a standstill at touchdown in barely three hours.

Paolo completed more than 60 experiments during his ‘VITA’ mission, which stands for Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability.

His body was itself an arena for research: his eyes, headaches, sleeping patterns and eating habits were monitored to learn more about how humans adapt to life in space. Temperature recordings, muscle exercises and plenty of blood and saliva samples will add to the picture and prepare humans for missions further from Earth.