Health

Axiom Space And Danish Aerospace Company To Collaborate On Astronauts’ Next-Gen Health Monitoring Technology

Commercial space station developer Axiom Space (Axiom) and Danish Aerospace Company (DAC), creator of astronauts’ wearables and other health monitoring devices, announced a collaboration to develop and test next-generation human performance monitoring and exercise technology for use in space. The two companies signed a cooperative agreement to test DAC-made systems on upcoming Axiom human spaceflights […]

ISS MICROBES SHOULD BE MONITORED TO AVOID THREAT TO ASTRONAUT HEALTH

Strains of the bacterium Enterobacter, similar to newly found opportunistic infectious organisms seen in a few hospital settings, have been identified on the International Space Station (ISS). The strains found in space were not pathogenic to humans, but researchers believe they should be studied for potential health implications for future missions, according to a study […]

WEB VISION TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE VISION FOR MARS PROJECT TO HELP NASA PROTECT THE VISUAL HEALTH OF ASTRONAUTS

Web Vision Technologies is working closely with National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) to develop an “All-in-One” vision testing (diagnostic) device that can be deployed on spacecraft to do comprehensive vision testing, evaluation, and to guide medical interventions of astronauts experiencing vision problems on future long-duration, deep space missions. There is limited room for vision testing […]

CHANGE IN ASTRONAUT’S GUT BACTERIA ATTRIBUTED TO SPACEFLIGHT

Northwestern University researchers studying the gut bacteria of Scott and Mark Kelly, NASA astronauts and identical twin brothers, as part of a unique human study have found that changes to certain gut “bugs” occur in space. The Northwestern team is one of 10 NASA-funded research groups studying the Kelly twins to learn how living in […]

HOW STRESSFUL WILL A TRIP TO MARS BE ON THE HUMAN BODY?

Preliminary research results for the NASA Twins Study debuted at NASA’s Human Research Program’s annual Investigators’ Workshop in Galveston, Texas the week of January 23. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned home last March after nearly one year in space living on the International Space Station. His identical twin brother, Mark, remained on Earth. Researchers found […]

CROWDSOURCED APP PLOTS FOOD AND HEALTH FOR SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS

The old adage of “you are what you eat” has an even greater meaning when preparing for long- duration travel to deep space, where storage is tight and fresh food is limited. “Understanding the relationship of diet with crew health is critical for future exploration missions, where nutrition will be a key countermeasure in mitigating […]

MARS BOUND ASTRONAUTS FACE CHRONIC DEMENTIA RISK

Will astronauts traveling to Mars remember much of it? That’s the question concerning University of California, Irvine scientists probing a phenomenon called “space brain.” UCI’s Charles Limoli and colleagues found that exposure to highly energetic charged particles – much like those found in the galactic cosmic rays that will bombard astronauts during extended spaceflights – […]

NOVEL TECHNIQUE TO EXAMINE CREW HEALTH IN ORBIT PROVIDING INSIGHT

The reason why some International Space Station astronauts have returned to Earth with changes in their vision has been a mystery, but new noninvasive techniques to examine crew health in orbit may provide researchers with much needed insight into the problem. A number of astronauts who have returned to Earth after long stays aboard the […]

AIRBORNE PARTICLE SAMPLERS ARE SPACEBOUND

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) conduct research, fix equipment, perform space walks … and they vacuum. Although it has high-efficiency filters installed on all the air returns, the ISS, it turns out, is dusty, like any house, office or laboratory. The difference is that large dust particles settle by gravity here on Earth, […]

SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS EVALUATE ORION RADIATION PROTECTION PLAN

When astronauts in Orion venture far beyond Earth into deep space, they will expand humanity’s frontier and push the boundaries of exploration. While the spacecraft is designed with systems and materials to keep the crew safe during their journey, leaving the protection of Earth’s magnetosphere exposes astronauts to a radiation environment in space that scientists […]

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