Space experiments could shed light on osteoporosis

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Mechanical engineers are tackling mysteries of bone density loss in space and on Earth.

Early on November 7, a pair of experiments exploring bone density, designed by engineers at the University of Michigan, left the Wallops Island, Virginia launchpad aboard a Northrop Grumman Corp. Antares rocket for the International Space Station (ISS).

Here, Allen Liu, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, and members of his research team, detail how experiments in space can shed light on osteoporosis, a condition affecting hundreds of millions of people around the world, as well as how to keep astronauts safer:

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