Belt, Lower Extremity Monitoring System LEMS

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This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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This belt was one that astronaut C. Michael Foale used for the Foot/Ground Reaction Forces During Space Flight (FOOT) experiment studies on the International Space Station (ISS). The purpose of the experiment was to study the load on the lower body and muscle activity in crewmembers while working in space. This study has provided a better understanding of the bone and muscle loss in the lower extremities experienced by astronauts in microgravity. The results of this experiment will contribute to planning for space flights, as well as have significance for understanding, preventing and treating osteoporosis on Earth.

Scientists at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio designed the experiment. NASA transferred the equipment that returned from space to the museum in 2011.