NASA psychophysiologist, Dr Patricia Cowings, was the first American woman to be trained as a scientist-astronaut. She designed a program to help astronauts combat space sickness. Also, Cowings helps astronauts better adapt to space by studying the effects of gravity on human physiology and performance.
In 1979, she was an alternate for a space flight. Cowings never made it to space but she has spent her 34-year career at NASA making life better for those who go there. She taught them to regulate many autonomic functions such as heart rate through biofeedback.
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