Accession Number : AD0663575

Title :   THE VISUAL REALM IN SPACE.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : KANSAS STATE UNIV MANHATTAN DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Brown,John L.

Report Date : DEC 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : Man's presence on extended space missions is dictated by his unique effectiveness for coping with unusual situations. For his size, mass, and energy requirements, it is probable that he can handle a broader range of eventualities more effectively than any automatic equipment which might be designed. Critical elements in his performance are his sensory input channels. The most important of these is probably vision. Visual problems which may be encountered in space flight are reviewed. The unique characteristics of the visual realm on space missions are discussed, from the instrument arrays and other aspects of space vehicle interiors, to the extravehicular situations, from rendezvous and docking with other vehicles through landing on extraterrestrial bodies and exploration of their surfaces. The significant characteristics of the human visual system, which will be essentially the same is space as on the earth's surface, are reviewed in relation to the problems which may be encountered. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SPACE BIOLOGY, VISION), (*VISION, ASTRONAUTS), SPACE ENVIRONMENTS, ADAPTATION(PHYSIOLOGY), VISUAL ACUITY, RESPONSE(BIOLOGY), ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, RETINA, STIMULATION(PHYSIOLOGY), COLOR VISION, ILLUMINATION, ACCELERATION, WEIGHTLESSNESS, OXYGEN, TOXICITY, RADIATION EFFECTS, EXTRAVEHICULAR ACTIVITY

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE