Safe Passage: Astronaut Care for Exploration Missions

Safe Passage: Astronaut Care for Exploration Missions

by John R. Ball, Charles H. Evans, Committee on Creating a Vision for Space Medicine During Travel Beyond Earth Orbit, Board on Health Sciences Policy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309075858

ISBN-13: 9780309075855

Pub. Date: 11/27/2001

Publisher: National Academies Press

Safe Passage: Astronaut Care for Exploration Missions sets forth a vision for space medicine as it applies to deep space voyage. As space missions increase in duration from months to years and extend well beyond Earth's orbit, so will the attendant risks of working in these extreme and isolated environmental conditions. Hazards to astronaut health range

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Safe Passage: Astronaut Care for Exploration Missions sets forth a vision for space medicine as it applies to deep space voyage. As space missions increase in duration from months to years and extend well beyond Earth's orbit, so will the attendant risks of working in these extreme and isolated environmental conditions. Hazards to astronaut health range from greater radiation exposure and loss of bone and muscle density to intensified psychological stress from living with others in a confined space. Going beyond the body of biomedical research, the report examines existing space medicine clinical and behavioral research and health care data and the policies attendant to them. It describes why not enough is known today about the dangers of prolonged travel to enable humans to venture into deep space in a safe and sane manner. The report makes a number of recommendations concerning NASA's structure for clinical and behavioral research, on the need for a comprehensive astronaut health care system and on an approach to communicating health and safety risks to astronauts, their families, and the public.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309075855
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
11/27/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY....................1
1 ASTRONAUT HEALTH BEYOND EARTH ORBIT....................23
2 RISKS TO ASTRONAUT HEALTH DURING SPACE TRAVEL....................37
3 MANAGING RISKS TO ASTRONAUT HEALTH....................75
4 EMERGENCY AND CONTINUING CARE....................117
5 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE....................137
6 EXPLORING THE ETHICS OF SPACE MEDICINE....................173
7 PLANNING AN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ASTRONAUT HEALTH CARE....................189
REFERENCES....................221
APPENDIXES A Background and Methodology....................247
B Committee and Staff Biographies....................263
INDEX....................275

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