Journalist Report – March 28th

Journalist Report
By Katya Sofia Arquilla

Today’s field instruction focused on practical skills and theoretical knowledge relevant to medical practices in space surface environments, supplemented by adjacent disciplines critical to space exploration, including medical imaging and emergency rescue operations. In the morning, students received hands-on training in the operation of hand-held ultrasound devices, essential for diagnosing medical conditions in space. They learned techniques for imaging and interpreting ultrasound scans, emphasizing adaptability and proficiency in utilizing medical technology beyond traditional settings. The students learned how to image their kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, bladders, and other internal organs essential to monitor during long-duration space exploration missions.

After lunch, students analyzed the results and telemetry data from their recent rocket launch. Through collaborative analysis, they gained insights into telemetry principles and data interpretation, highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of space exploration. They were able to show a launch video recorded by a camera within the rocket body.

In the afternoon, an excursion to the nearby dinosaur dig site provided students with an opportunity to explore paleontology. They were able to see embedded fossils, drawing parallels between terrestrial and extraterrestrial exploration. In the evening, a lecture on the astronaut selection process covered the criteria and psychological considerations involved in space missions. Students gained insights into physiological adaptations and psychological resilience necessary for space travel, and they were also sorted into “space houses” related to their skill sets.

Today’s activities integrated practical skills and theoretical knowledge, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of space exploration. Students gained valuable insights into rescue operations, medical practices in space, alongside medical imaging and terrestrial excavation methods.

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