NASA hands over female 'astronaut' phantoms safe and sound after flight to the Moon
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Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jan 19, 2023 - It was a historic journey. As part of NASA's Artemis I mission, the Orion spacecraft, powered and supplied by the European Service Module (ESM), flew to the Moon and back for the first time. On board were the two female astronaut phantoms, Helga and Zohar - part of the first experiment conducted in space to measure the radiation exposure to which the female body is exposed during such a flight. Following the successful landing of the Orion capsule in the Pacific Ocean on 11 December 2022, NASA has now handed over both measuring mannequins to the MARE resea ..read more
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SimX awarded US Space Force contract to adapt VR Medical Simulation Training for astronaut applications
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San Francisco CA (SPX) Jan 11, 2023 - The Virtual Advancement of Learning for Operational Readiness (VALOR) program at SimX, Inc. has been awarded a multi-year program by the U.S. Space Force (USSF) to develop a novel VR medical simulation training capability for the astronaut recovery and space launch missions. This program seeks to enhance the unique, mission-critical clinical training provided to U.S. Air Force (USAF) Pararescue Specialist, Combat Rescue Officers, and flight surgeons enabling them to identify and treat a variety of medical conditions not seen in other contexts. The initial ..read more
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MIT engineers design a soft, implantable ventilator
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Boston MA (SPX) Dec 14, 2022 - For many of us, the act of breathing comes naturally. Behind the scenes, our diaphragm - the dome-shaped muscle that lies just beneath the ribcage - works like a slow and steady trampoline, pushing down to create a vacuum for the lungs to expand and draw air in, then relaxing as air is pushed out. In this way, the diaphragm automatically controls our lung capacity, and is the major muscle responsible for our ability to breathe. But when the diaphragm's function is compromised, the breathing instinct becomes a laborious task. Chronic diaphragm dysfunction can occ ..read more
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First deep space biology experiment begins, follow along in real-time
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Moffett Field CA (SPX) Dec 18, 2022 - NASA's BioSentinel has carried living organisms farther from Earth than ever before - more than one million miles. Aboard the shoebox-sized CubeSat are microorganisms, in the form of yeast - the very same yeast that makes bread rise and beer brew. On Dec. 5, BioSentinel was 655,730 miles from Earth when the BioSentinel team at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley sent commands to the spacecraft to kick off the initial experiment for the first long-duration biology study in deep space. Scientists are now able to see how living organis ..read more
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Colgate-Palmolive and NASA sign Space Act Agreement to boost off planet hygiene
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New York NY (SPX) Dec 09, 2022 - Colgate-Palmolive Company has signed an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to explore innovative solutions to advance oral health, personal care and skin health for both astronauts in space and people around the globe. Former astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman will work alongside Colgate as an advisor to help guide research design and offer insights into the realities of space travel and life in microgravity. The Space Act Agreement (SAA) paves the way for the consumer goods leader and space agency to fulfill Colgate's purpose to r ..read more
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USC works with Polaris Dawn to study in-flight space medicine
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 29, 2022 - Today's spaceflights typically last a few days to a few months, so onboard medical treatment is mostly limited to first aid. But researchers are increasingly exploring new terrain-known as in-flight space medicine-that will be critical for maintaining astronauts' health during longer missions, such as the 21-month roundtrip to Mars. Polaris Dawn, the first of three missions in the Polaris Program, is pursuing an array of new frontiers in space. Estimated to launch no earlier March 1, 2023, its crew will aim to achieve the highest-ever orbit of Earth and att ..read more
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HFES releases Policy Statement on Human Space Flight
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Washington DC (SPX) Dec 01, 2022 - The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) has issued a new Policy Statement on Human Space Flight and Exploration Programs. As both government and commercial space operations continue to evolve and expand, this statement highlights the urgency and fundamental necessity to focus more attention on human factors engineering and human performance in the design of the technologies, training and operational procedures of space travel. It is critical that human systems design issues be considered early during system design to reduce subsequent operations and ..read more
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New CRISPR-based tool inserts large DNA sequences at desired sites in cells
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Boston MA (SPX) Nov 25, 2022 - Building on the CRISPR gene-editing system, MIT researchers have designed a new tool that can snip out faulty genes and replace them with new ones, in a safer and more efficient way. Using this system, the researchers showed that they could deliver genes as long as 36,000 DNA base pairs to several types of human cells, as well as to liver cells in mice. The new technique, known as PASTE, could hold promise for treating diseases that are caused by defective genes with a large number of mutations, such as cystic fibrosis. "It's a new genetic way of potentially tar ..read more
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Cellbox-3 launches biomedical experiments to the ISS
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Wallops VA (SPX) Nov 08, 2022 - The uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft NG-18 is scheduled to launch from the Wallops Island spaceport in Virginia (USA) to the International Space Station (ISS) on 6 November 2022 at 11:50 CET (05:50 local time). Molecular biology experiments for biomedical research from Charite Berlin and Goethe University Frankfurt will be on board as part of the 'Cellbox-3' mission. "With these experiments, the research teams want to investigate the influence of space conditions and microgravity on the behaviour of immune, nevus and muscle cells in order to improve our understanding ..read more
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Experts plan to set up 'space hospital' to serve astronauts
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Beijing (XNA) Nov 09, 2022 - As China's Tiangong space station recently completed its in-orbit assembly, the country's space medicine experts have started planning to set up a "space hospital" to serve astronauts, according to a leading scientist. "We are carrying out extensive research, experiments and tests on the ground to advance the preliminary work on a space hospital that can be deployed inside a manned spacecraft like our space station. The value of this project is that it will enable our space explorers to travel deeper and stay healthy during their journey," Du Jichen, a member of t ..read more
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