Astronauts face many health challenges when living and working in space, including the impacts of microgravity, radiation and isolation.
Based at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC), ESA’s Space Medicine Team comprises medical doctors, biomedical engineers, exercise physiologists, psychologists, IT specialists, education coordinators, administrators and project managers. Each plays a vital role in ensuring the health and well-being of astronauts during all stages of a mission.
To better support astronauts during current missions to the International Space Station and prepare for human missions beyond low Earth orbit, the Space Medicine Team is working to identify, evaluate and develop new space technologies and procedures.
This process involves collaborating with ESA’s technology teams and Human Research Office to identify existing space-relevant technologies and scientific knowledge, and looking outside of ESA at terrestrial technology developments and the wealth of current science knowledge concerning human health.
To achieve their goal, the Space Medicine Team works in close partnership with national space agencies, industry, research institutions and universities from across ESA’s Member States. The team also regularly coordinate workshops for the next generation of space physicians.
Find out more about ESA’s research into human health here.
Last update: 27 March 2019