Astronauts Sick & Bad Reporting
Tue, 10 Aug 1999 17:17:42 EDT

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This article says many incorrect things.  For instance, the United States 
doesn't have a space station.  And the last time astronauts went to the ISS 
was in May/June.

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*** Space station illnesses downplayed

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Stale air inside NASA's new space station
may have sickened astronauts on the last supply run, but the doctor
on board says the headaches, nausea and dry, itchy eyes were "no big
deal." Daniel Barry says the symptoms were so fleeting, and so
benign, that neither he nor his six crewmates reported their
illnesses until a couple of weeks after they returned to Earth - to
the dismay of NASA, which now may never be able to diagnose the
problem. The space agency is changing guidelines for future crews.
Barry says it's impossible to know whether the symptoms were caused
by stagnant air or chemical fumes inside the station as some reports
suggest, or whether it was simply prolonged space motion sickness.