Human Health in Space

In few years frequent space travel by humans may be a reality. Space travelers need livable environments and protection from the exacting conditions of microgravity and radiation in space. Basic understanding of human physiologic responses to and countermeasures against the intense and varying levels of forces, such as during high acceleration on ascent, microgravity in space and partial gravity on the Moon, the fiery deceleration on descent through Earth’s atmosphere, and finally readjustment back to Earth’s gravity is necessary to lessen the risk of human health in space. Understanding health issues in space will eventually result in better healthcare on earth.

One of the 2040 visions of the Space Brain Trust experts is to have Identified and utilized technology to lessen the risk of human health in space.

What solutions/technologies are needed to reduce health risks in space?

Hi @marz62, @mashizaq, @crointel, @Basia - Would love to hear your thoughts on solutions/technologies needed reduce health risks in space.

@Shashi Just make haste in cryogenics. The movies surely show that this is posible. The sooner we start the better. I would rather sleep for the six months on my way to Mars and arrive safely that waste as I age as well during the journey. Of course that call for improved technologies with our spaceships so that they become fully autonomous and can autopilot themselves and able to evade space junk and other space travel risks such as radioation and solar flares shielding.

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Proposed Solutions:

  • More focus should be given to Research and Development in Bioastronautics.
  • Support projects in Space Medicine, eg. UNOOSA Space4Health is a good initiative supporting research projects in the field.
    @NickOttens
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Hi @Rahul, @RobertB and @Sergio123Cabral - Curious to know your take on solutions/technologies needed reduce health risks in space.

Hi @SpacePlaceCanada, @JohnBucknell, @jguo.space - - Would love to hear your thoughts on solutions/technologies needed reduce health risks in space.

Shashi,

One aspect of this question is performing remote medicine to Space. This will become increasingly important with advent of Space tourism. Is there a “Remote Medical Table” to provide assistance to government and private spacecraft with human crew, as well as propose/design research projects on health in Space? Should one be proposed. Know Canada has lots of expertise among our Astronauts, Astronaut prospects, support personnel, and researchers.
See below.
Henry Lotin, President, Space Place Canada

Waterloo researchers able to perform remote ultrasounds in space | CTV News

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Thanks @SpacePlaceCanada for sharing these insights.

Hi @Spacearch - Given your vast experience in this field, we feel you might have inputs to share on solutions/technologies needed reduce health risks in space.

@Shashi I believe it would be important to fully understand the impact of long term space exposure (especially constant Radiation) on the human body first.

Besides, that critical diagnostics will be required a lab for blood work (which NASA has developed solutions already). As well as X-Rays, CT-Scans, MRIs and the like, as well as suggested here tools for remote work such as the DaVinci Robot…

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There is a scheduled webinar today on
Practical Applications of Mitochondria Research for Human Longevity in Space
(5 pm - 7.45 pm, BST) where professionals from Aging Analytics Agency and invited guest speakers who are Practical Longevity Experts, Space Medicine Experts and Women Influencers.
https://us02web.zoom.us/w/87259967060?tk=564jw5P-7l1TyQemE2mjuzwZRNr5ISFJCIuDRZAVdsA.DQIAAAAUURluVBZvUW81UXR3YlRzaVhGdEdEQTdvdGx3AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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Thanks @ymedan for sharing details of this event.

Hi @arshimehboob and @marz62 - Would love to hear your thoughts on solutions/technologies needed reduce health risks in space.

Hi @mkaeberlein and @LongevityLeaders - Curious to know if you have any thoughts to share on solutions/technologies needed reduce health risks in space.

Breakthroughs - Human Health in Space:

A global collaboration between private companies, international organizations, governments, and space agencies will help to establish a clear roadmap on research and technologies needed to support Human Health in Space. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has established UN-Space to support a global collaboration between the private sector, non-governmental institutions, government agencies, and academia.

The research projects conducted through global collaborations will lead to discoveries and new inventions that will support both space exploration - in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, and geospatial applications - in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)

For instance, the investigation of diseases mitigation factors, the invention of advanced wearable health monitoring devices, advances in remote healthcare will support both Human Health in Space and will enhance Global Health on Earth.

@Shashi @NickOttens @DavidPoli

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Hi @farhan, @Mlhanlon and @alexanderghayes - What breakthroughs could reduce health risks in space? Please share your thoughts.

Medicine in Space
What will happen if astronauts require medical assistance when they travel farther into space outside Earth’s orbit? They won’t be able to go back to Earth for a check-up with a physician, certainly! As a result, NASA is developing the Exploration Medical Capability, which will utilize Machine Learning to provide healthcare alternatives based on the astronauts’ projected future medical requirements. These healthcare choices will be developed by certified medical professionals, and they will learn and grow over time as the astronauts’ experiences inform them. Read more.