Photo: Human Guinea Pig to Blast Off With Space Shuttle



When the space shuttle Discovery lifts off, currently planned for March 2009, it will carry Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese astronaut to make an extended stay aboard the International Space Station.

During his three-month visit, Wakata has volunteered to be a human guinea pig -- downing pills and wiring himself with sensors, including a portable EKG like the one seen above -- to help solve some of the problems with space living.

Photograph by Tony McNicol


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