• Short Summary

    TWO YOUNG FRENCHMEN EMERGED INTO THE DAYLIGHT YESTERDAY AFTER LIVING UNDERGROUND FOR ALMOST FIVE MONTHS IN AN EXPERIMENT EXPECTED TO PRODUCE A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE FOR THE STUDY OF HUMAN LIVING CYCLES.

  • Description

    TWO YOUNG FRENCHMEN EMERGED INTO THE DAYLIGHT YESTERDAY AFTER LIVING UNDERGROUND FOR ALMOST FIVE MONTHS IN AN EXPERIMENT EXPECTED TO PRODUCE A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE FOR THE STUDY OF HUMAN LIVING CYCLES. THE DIRECTOR OF THE EXPERIMENT AND HEAD OF THE FRENCH SPELEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, M. MICHAEL SIFFRE, HAS STRESSED THE SIMILARITY OF CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH ASTRONAUTS WORK DURING THEIR FLIGHTS AND THOSE OF HIS UNDERGROUND "SPELAEONAUTS."
    PHILIPPINE ENGLENDER (30) AND JACQUES CHABERT (29) APPEARED TO BE IN GOOD HEALTH WHEN THEY EMERGED DESPITE THE FACT THAT DURING THE EXPERIMENT THEY HAD UNCONSCIOUSLY ADOPTED A 48-HOUR DAY-- EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE NOT IN CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER AND WERE LIVING SEPARATELY.

    THEY DESCENDED INTO 220 FEET (70 METRE) OLIVER CAVE IN THE MASSIF DE L'AUDIBERGHE, SOUTHERN FRANCE, ON AUGUST THE 22ND LAST YEAR, AND RESULTS OF THEIR EXPERIMENT COULD HAVE FAR REACHING EFFECTS ON FUTURE SPACE VOYAGES.

    ENGLENDER WAS THE FIRST TO EMERGE FROM THE POTHOLE, AND HIS FEATURES WERE DRAWN. HE ADMITTED THAT HE HAD SUFFERED PHYSICALLY DURING THE LAST DAYS OF EXPERIMENT.

    CHABERT FOLLOWED 10 MINUTES LATER. HE LOOKED FIT AND SAID HE WAS READY TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.

    ONE OF THE EXPERIMENT'S MOST SIGNIFICANT IMMEDIATE DISCOVERIES WAS THAT FOR ONLY ONE-THIRD MORE SLEEP A MAN AN WORK TWICE AS LONG.

    AFTER A MEDICAL CHECK-UP IN PARIS, THE MEN WENT ON TO CHECK A SPECIALLY EQUIPPED NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL LABORATORY IN LYONS THEY WILL UNDERGO A SERIES OF TEST IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AND START A PROCESS OF RE-ADAPTION TO A 24-HOUR DAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA252287YE09EQC8P971XXYQOR4
    Media URN:
    VLVA252287YE09EQC8P971XXYQOR4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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