Space medicine: staying healthy in space


Managing the health of astronauts orbiting Earth at 28 000 km/h is a challenge, but how will we equip astronauts to stay healthy and deal with any medical emergencies during missions to the Moon or Mars?

Our flight surgeon Sergi Vaquer Araujo discusses how space medicine experts instill astronauts with the skills and knowledge needed to stay healthy on the International Space Station today, as we investigate new technologies that could benefit people on Earth.

The United Nations World Health Organization marks World Health Day on 7 April every year. The third Sustainable Development Goal underlines the right to health:Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. On-orbit research, space technology and space applications can help improve health on Earth by monitoring our environment, helping track disease, improving diagnostics, and working on new medicines among other things. The UN is also focusing particularly this year on universal health coverage.

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  1. First missions to Mars I am sure will include a doctor…they'd be crazy not to…plus you gain a doctor's expertise in biology and chemistry for the search for life…those who go for those initial missions will include doctors and engineers like that…these missions will be different from the flags and footprints missions when NASA landed on the moon in the 60s/70s…it will be much more like the outposts on Antarctica I bet…still this is very interesting stuff…the moon settlements will be much closer…those may use the astronauts as paramedics with smart computers…but Mars? We'll see in the next decades hopefully….

  2. "We don't need to aim at having maybe a superintelligent digital Doctor…"
    Um excuse me, the USS Voyager's Doctor would like a word with you.

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