The following report documents the process by which the overall mechanical affect of microgravity upon muscular response can be experimentally determined. The original scope of the report was to experimentally investigate whether any noticeable affects occur, however, due to numerous technical and logistical problems; the experiments could not be performed by the deadline.
The report details the structure and operation of muscle tissue, together with the individual processes that may be affected by microgravity conditions to produce an overall change in the response of muscle to stimuli. Research performed suggests that the hypothesis that be tested is that microgravity conditions do not affect the overall response characteristics of the muscle tissue, as the processes involved are primarily diffusive, solid-particle reactions and electrochemical in nature, which are not highly gravity dependant.
Experimental apparatus and procedures are based upon those currently in use by Dr. T. Steinberg of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Dr. C. Franklin of the Zoology and Entomology Department.