Future Experiments on the Station

Wayfinding: how does spaceflight affects astronauts' brains?

Credit: NeuroLab

In order to adapt to weightlessness during spaceflight, astronauts' brains undergo certain changes which can significantly affect their ability to find their way around. Wayfinding will help astronauts better prepare for and recover from spaceflight and could be beneficial for people on Earth who have medical conditions that make them prone to getting lost easily.

See Wayfinding section.

Vection: using virtual reality to test why some astronauts feel disoriented in space

Credit: York University

Astronauts in space sometimes misinterpret the direction and speed of their movements. Understanding more about their perception could benefit people on Earth who are prone to falls or have balance issues, such as the elderly, or people who suffer from Parkinson's, dementia or strokes.

See Vection section.