York Space Engineering rules in the space!!

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York U experiment to be deployed aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour
TORONTO, August 8, 2007 -- Space Shuttle Endeavour, set to launch today, will carry a York University experiment that aims to solve the hand-eye coordination problems experienced by astronauts in space.

??While in microgravity, astronauts have a harder time reaching and pointing to objects than when they are on Earth. This could be critical in emergency situations,?? says Dr. Barry Fowler, a neuroscientist in York University??s Faculty of Health. He is researching the causes of this reduction in hand-eye coordination, via an experiment called ??Perceptual Motor Deficits in Space?? (PMDIS).

Dr. Fowler says space shuttle pilots and payload operators need quick and accurate hand-eye coordination to manoeuvre objects in space. ??For example, to dock the shuttle safely at the International Space Station, the pilot must be accurate within a few centimetres while both vehicles move through space at 30,000 km per hour,?? he says.

The PMDIS experiment resembles a simple computer game: astronauts aboard the space shuttle will be asked to tap targets on a computer screen. In some trials astronauts will use a joystick to click on the targets, while in others they will tap directly on the screen with a pointer. The difficulty of the task will vary with the size of the targets. In other trials that simulate multi-tasking, astronauts will be asked to push a button in response to a musical tone while hitting targets.

The astronauts will perform these tasks while floating in the microgravity of space, and also when supported by a seatbelt and wrist band keeping them in a stable position. The computer will record the speed and accuracy of the target taps.

The results of the PMDIS experiment will help Dr. Fowler and his team determine if the loss in hand-eye coordination is due to one or a combination of the following:

the brain not adapting fully to the weightlessness of space

the difficulty of performing mechanical tasks like pressing a button while you are floating in space

distractions caused by flashing lights, floating objects and co-workers, and some very spectacular scenery
??Once we know the ´why´ of perceptual motor deficits in space, researchers can start looking at how to remedy this problem,?? Dr. Fowler says. Countermeasures could include instruments that take into account limited coordination capacities during weightlessness. This research could also lead to insights in the medical field on how the brain adapts to disease or injury that can confound hand-eye coordination.

Space Shuttle Endeavour is set to launch at 6:36 pm EDT from NASA´s Kennedy Space Center.

York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canada??s most international city. The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic academic community of 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well as 200,000 alumni worldwide. York??s 11 faculties and 24 research centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across traditional academic boundaries. This distinctive and collaborative approach is preparing students for the future and bringing fresh insights and solutions to real-world challenges. York University is an autonomous, not-for-profit corporation.

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York can´t even rule in TO!!

UofT > Ryerson > Seneca > York

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^^get a grip idiot. Ryerson can not compete with a school like York which has produced an astronaut and is the Canadian leader of the NASA Pheonix Mars weather station project.

York´s faculty in the Physics & Astronomy dept are world class top tier scholars...what about Rye-High???...yeah. UoT boasts far more funding in science and has a medical school so there is no comparison. However, for Physics&Astronomy York is just as good.

As for Seneca...uh...speaking of science...you need to get back to planet Earth.


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