Can You Perform Surgery In Zero Gravity?


Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, and Tom Hanks looking out ship window in a scene from the film “Apollo 13,” 1995. Universal/Getty

WHETHER IT’S GRAVITY, The Martian or Apollo 13, it’s safe to say that people love space disaster movies. Take any emergency situation from Earth and transplant it into space and you’ve got the makings of an intense thriller.

But the reality of emergencies in space, especially medical ones, is far from entertaining. As interest in space travel continues to grow, surgeons and astronauts are teaming up to learn how to save lives in zero gravity — and some of the stories are truly out of this world.

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