Safe Passage: Astronaut Care for Exploration Missions (Paperback)John R. Ball (editor), Charles H. Evans, Jr. (editor), Committee on Creating a Vision for Space Medicine During Travel Beyond Earth Orbit (author), Board on Health Sciences Policy (author), Institute of Medicine (author), National Academy of Sciences (author)
Paperback 318 Pages / Published: 20/11/2001
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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 Eartha ™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 NASAa ™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.
Publisher: National Academies Press
Number of pages: 318
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
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