Setting The Record Straight on Weightless Surgery

Surgeons Do First Near-Weightless Surgery, AP

"Martin and his team became the first doctors to perform microsurgery under zero-gravity conditions in 2003, mending the artery in a rat's tail - an operation far more complex than the one Wednesday."

Reader note: "The group in France did do the first operation on a human in weightlessness, and they deserve credit for that. But AP also stated that they were the first group to do surgery on an animal, back in 2003. The first recovery surgery in space was done on the Neurolab mission in 1998 (see enclosed report). Also the mission included a series of other technically demanding dissection procedures. The SLS-2 mission also included tasks similar to those you need to do surgery."

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