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It is often suggested that gravity should be simulated by rotating the entire habitat module of astronauts in microgravity. But wouldn't pole dancing be enough? The individual astronaut swinging around a pole stick, like a daring strip dancer/acrobat holding on to it with her hands while throwing herself around it with her body at 90 degree angle to it. An astronaut could maybe swing like this in a sleeping bag, or while doing some exercise. With minimal design requirements for the spacecraft. Wouldn't this be enough for the bodily fluids to learn about in what ends the head and the bottom are?

We've got an example of a Skylab pole-artistronaut right here: enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ I did the maths and at best you could get 0.5g (at your feet level). $\endgroup$ – Antzi Nov 16 '16 at 3:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Antzi 0.5g is pretty good! The poor astronauts could spend some time with their heads pointing outwards too, if that helps. Maybe off topic here, but a treadmill along the inner walls of a wide spacecraft is a better idea than a central pole with tethers cutting to substantial habitation space. And better than rotating the whole spacecraft or a whole habitation module. Has such a minimal individual centrifuge been seriously proposed? $\endgroup$ – LocalFluff Nov 16 '16 at 13:52
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    $\begingroup$ There is quite a famous film of the crew running around the inside wall by the way (and impact stresses on the legs might even help reduce bone loss, but I'm speculating). I looked for experiments using the pole but didn't find any; this chapter and other references state the pole was intended for getting around, but most crews tried it for a while before packing it away. (In short - I tried but didn't find any scientific results for a pole.) $\endgroup$ – Andy Nov 16 '16 at 15:32
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    $\begingroup$ You realize most of the work of pole dancing is due to overcoming gravity? $\endgroup$ – Loren Pechtel Nov 17 '16 at 1:59
  • $\begingroup$ @LorenPechtel I get easily distracted, but I will weigh this in the next time I study this subject more closely. $\endgroup$ – LocalFluff Nov 17 '16 at 5:08

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