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Rowing Marine boldly goes on Zero G mission; RECORD BREAKER INVOLVED IN TESTING SPACE-AGE EQUIPMENT.

Byline: AARON GREENAWAY aaron.jamesgreenaway@reachplc.com @aaronjamesf1

PLYMOUTH'S rowing Marine has boldly gone where no rowing marine has gone before - into space.

Lee Spencer, a former Royal Marine who served three tours of Afghanistan, has had his latest challenge with a zero-gravity flight into space with Air Zero G.

The Yelverton resident, who was crowned Against All Odds champion at the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons in 2019, lost a leg after being struck by debris while helping a motorist in Surrey.

Recent posts on his social media page show the Guinness World Record holder preparing for the flight, which will see him undertake a zero-gravity flight in an Airbus A310 aircraft.

In his latest update, Lee indicated that his latest adventure required a very early alarm call.

He wrote on Instagram: "Up V (very) early this morning to catch the Air Zero-G flight with @astro_ perform (Tess Morris-Paterson), @ hifim_space, @europeanspaceagency @spacegovuk. #zerogravity #space #exercise #groundbreaking #notdefinedbydisability".

His adventure onboard the Zero-G flight was for more than just pleasure, because he is involved in testing a piece of equipment designed to build muscle and bone density in astronauts onboard the International

Space Station.

The technology could also benefit amputees in the same way by build- ing muscle and bone density in the initial aftermath of an accident as well as exercising fast-twitch muscles by explosive jumping movement in those that cannot jump or run.

In a post shared ahead of the flight, Lee wrote: "So this is the piece of equipment that I will be testing next week on the zero-gravity flight.

"Its primary purpose is to build muscle and bone density in astronauts in prolonged periods of Zero-G in the International Space Station. It also could benefit amputees in the same way by building muscle and bone density in the initial aftermath of an accident and also exercise fasttwitch muscles by explosive jumping movement in those that can't jump or run."

His zero-gravity adventure is the latest in a long line of challenges undertaken since the accident in 2014. Lee has sailed across the Atlantic, rowed from Europe to mainland South America, and in the process gained a series of Guinness World Records.

In 2015, Lee rowed across the Atlantic as part of the Row2recovery team of four injured veterans which between them had three legs - becoming the world's first physically disabled crew of four to row any ocean.

On the back of that, he became the world's first physically disabled person to row from mainland Europe to mainland South America solo and unsupported.

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Lee Spencer, (left) with Tess Morris Peterson

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Author:AARON GREENAWAY aaron.jamesgreenaway@reachplc.com @aaronjamesf1
Publication:The Plymouth Herald (Plymouth, England)
Date:Oct 28, 2021
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