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Wireless Body Sensors for Medical Care in Space

Illustration of how the Wireless Body Sensors work

Credit: Hexoskin, 2015

2015-12-23 - Have you ever wondered how astronauts' health can be monitored in space? The Canadian Space Agency tasked Montreal-based Hexoskin (Carré Technologies) to come up with a unique innovation based on wireless body sensors. This sensor system would continuously record, manage, and analyze crewmembers' physiological data such a vital signs, sleep quality, and activity levels. The data from the sensors would be transmitted wirelessly back to a software application that could be consulted in real time by the medical crew.

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Pluto flyby Canadian contribution

Pluto

Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

2015-07-14 - Launched in 2006, New Horizons, the fastest spacecraft ever built, continues its long journey to the Dwarf Planet Pluto over five billion kilometres away from the Earth. The probe has been conducting a study of Pluto and its moons since early 2015, and today marked its closest approach of the celestial body, zooming past the dwarf planet at a mere 11,265 km at 7:49 a.m. (EDT). New Horizons is set to help further humankind's understanding of the origins of our solar system and of the make-up and evolution of ice dwarf planets like Pluto.

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