Space Medicine

Space Medicine

NASA Space Shuttle entering space

NASA Space Shuttle entering space

Astronauts face the harshest environments ever experienced by human beings. The medical and physiological stressors from outer space on the human body cannot be understated. For this reason, NASA and other space organizations employ physicians and teams of other health professionals to care for their space explorers. They also conduct medical research on various topics involving humans in space.

Presently, humans consistently reside on the International Space Station for months. As space exploration increases in scope and private organizations get involved, we will likely see longer duration space missions. Loss of bone density, fluid shifts, and circadian rhythm disturbaces are only a handful of physiologic responses that space medicine docs must contend.

 

 

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