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Solution for Which of the Following Symptoms is Likely to Afflict an Astronaut in Space (A) Swollen Feet, (B) Swollen Face, (C) Headache, (D) Orientational Problem? - CBSE (Science) Class 11 - Physics

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Which of the following symptoms is likely to afflict an astronaut in space (a) swollen feet, (b) swollen face, (c) headache, (d) orientational problem?

Solution 1

(b), (c), and (d)

(a) Legs hold the entire mass of a body in standing position due to gravitational pull. In space, an astronaut feels weightlessness because of the absence of gravity. Therefore, swollen feet of an astronaut do not affect him/her in space.

(b) A swollen face is caused generally because of apparent weightlessness in space. Sense organs such as eyes, ears nose, and mouth constitute a person’s face. This symptom can affect an astronaut in space.

(c) Headaches are caused because of mental strain. It can affect the working of an astronaut in space.

(d) Space has different orientations. Therefore, orientational problem can affect an astronaut in space.

Solution 2

(a) The blood flow in feet would be lesser in zero gravity. So, the astronaut will not get swollen feet.

(b) In the conditions of weightlessness, the face of the astronaut is expected to get more supply. Due to it, the astronaut may develop swollen face.

(c) Due to more blood supply to face, the astronaut may get headache.

(d) Space also has orientation. We also have the frames of reference in space. Hence, orientational problem will affect the astronaut in space.

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