Sharing Space Technology via Social Media
Compositing Full Scenes
In order to visual a space colony, we imported all the models into 3DS Max (see Figure 1). The prototype scene was rendered as shown below (see Fig. 3).
Figure 3. Sample Animation of Mars Colony
A full 3D physical model of Bigelow Aerospace technology can be seen below.
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Space Physiology Research:
Effects of microgravity on myogenic factor expressions during postnatal development of rat skeletal muscle
Postnatal development of rodent skeletal muscle is well defined (4, 13, 27, 29, 33), and this process occurs within 1 mo after birth (4). In other words, this time frame represents a critical window in which the skeletal muscles undergo a rapid muscle mass growth and MHC phenotype differentiation (4). It is apparent that neural and humoral factors regulate MHC transition from embryonic/neonatal to adult isoforms (29). Normal innervation appears to be needed for development of the slow (type I) isoform, whereas formation of fast (type II) isoforms, especially the IIb isoform, is dependent on the level of serum thyroid hormone (29). Thus both factors cooperate to differentiate each skeletal muscle into its respective inherent phenotype.
We thank the members of the research support teams from the NASA Ames Research Center, John F. Kennedy Space Center, and National Space Development Agency of Japan. In paticular, we thank Gail Nakamura, Vera Vizir, Hisao Sato, and Masaru Uemura for experimental support.