Movement science professor Rachael Seidler is one of eleven recipients of NASA funding to study crew health on long space flights.
NASA's Human Research Program will fund these proposals in order to investigate possible changes in astronaut health and performance on deep space missions. The 11 selected proposals will address the impact of space flight on various aspects of astronaut health, including vision, behavior, bone loss, cardiovascular alterations, and immunological responses. The projects will focus on lessening the risks to astronauts’ health, safety and performance during NASA’s future missions to Mars and other destinations.
Dr. Seidler's project title is, “Bed Rest Combined with 0.5% CO2 as a Spaceflight Analog to Study Neurocognitive Changes: Extent, Longevity, and Neural Bases.” Her study will receive a two-year NASA grant for $500,000. She will have the opportunity to collect data at the German Aerospace Center, called :envihab
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Photo credit: NASA (http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/venus-from-the-international-space-station). Planet Venus from the International Space Station; taken by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Kimiya Yui.