TITLE: Some Psycho-Physiological and Cognitive Implications of Hypobaric Exposure during Selection of Slovak Astronaut Candidates DISTRIBUTION: Approved for public release, distribution unlimited

Abstract

During September and October of 1997, the Military Aviation Hospital in Kosice was entrusted by the Head of the Slovak Air force to select appropriate astronaut candidates for space flight and stay at the Russian Space Station "MIR" from 26 applicants (experienced elite fighter pilots of the Slovak Air Force) to be placed in a mixed international crew (Slovak, Russian and French). A resulting sevenday mission of the first Slovak astronaut in February 1999 was successfully completed. Part of the medical-psycho-physiological selection of applicants was exposure to hypobaric chamber conditions. During a 20-minute exposure to 7,600m (25,000 ft.) of altitude their cognitive capacity was tested (by simplified mathematical tasks) and correlated with other tests of mental capability. The behavioural and mood changes were continuously observed and recorded. Achieved findings were used for the assessment of hypobaric mental work ability of the astronaut candidates. Before and after the hypobaric exposure we took applicants blood samples in order to estimate blood oxygen saturation. Fig. ]

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@inproceedings{DzvonkTITLESP, title={TITLE: Some Psycho-Physiological and Cognitive Implications of Hypobaric Exposure during Selection of Slovak Astronaut Candidates DISTRIBUTION: Approved for public release, distribution unlimited}, author={Oliver Dzvon{\'i}k} }