In a breakthrough experiment, monitoring an athlete at top speed.
Karen Sharwood and Lara Keytel of UCT’s Research Unit for Exercise Science will monitor Mark Shuttleworth’s heart rate and blood pressure as he exercises on the International Space Station. While, of course, he hurtles through space at the staggering speed of 30 000km/h.
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