Biosatellite III: Preliminary Findings

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Science  24 Oct 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3904, pp. 492-493
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3904.492


Physiological deterioration in the male macaque monkey flown in Biosatellite III necessitated its recall after 8.5 days of a planned 30-day flight. For the first 7 days the only telemetered signs of a progressive general decline were falling brain temperature and lowered central venous pressure, which occurred in the last 3 days of flight. Fluid loss in flight was high, caused initially by sweating and later by diuresis, and appeared to arise in redistribution of blood in visceral pools as a consequence of weightlessness. Death occurred suddenly 12 hours after the flight and was caused by ventricular fibrillation.

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