Portal:Human health and performance in space

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The Human Health and Performance in Space Portal is an informal collection of articles, sites and pages discussing the effects of space flight, travel and habitation on astronauts and other space flight participants. The topics presented within these articles are based upon the Evidence Book provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Human Research Program which is essentially a brief review article, written for a scientifically-educated, non-specialist reader.

Contributions and participation by medical professionals, scientists, researchers, students and the public at large is greatly encouraged.

An astronaut performing an EVA for the EVARM experiment.

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Contribute to Fatigue and sleep loss during spaceflight article

Contribute to Treating An Ill or Injured Crew Member In Space article

Contribute to Visual Impairment and Intracranial Pressure article

Contribute to Spaceflight radiation carcinogenesis article

Contribute to Risk of Renal Stone Formation article

Contribute to Team Composition and Cohesion In Spaceflight Missions article

Contribute to Intervertebral Disc Damage and Spaceflight article

Review and Contribute to Inadequate Food Systems on Space Exploration Missions article

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Focus and coverage


This portal features studies of interest to the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), a private, nonprofit corporation founded under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Institutional membership includes more than 100 colleges and universities, most in the United States of America. For this effort, USRA is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Human Research Program.

The studies presented here focus on research conducted on NASA vehicles (Skylab, Space Shuttle, International Space Station), on Soviet and Russian space stations (Salyut program, Almaz, and Mir), and in terrestrial laboratories that shed light on human health and performance in space.