Spaceflight has impact on cosmonauts’ brains

A trip into space impacts the brain of a space traveller, according to new international research, led by the University of Antwerp.

"Changes occur in the grey and white matter and cerebrospinal fluid,” says Dr Angelique Van Ombergen (UAntwerp) . “And some of those changes remain detectable even seven months after the mission has ended.”

An international team of scientists conducted a unique study on Russian cosmonauts. Ten cosmonauts were put into an mri scanner before and shortly after their space missions (which lasted six months, on average), and again seven months after their return. “We started this research in 2013”, says Dr Angelique Van Ombergen. ...
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