Long-duration spaceflight introduces the human body to various risks and physiological changes, including increased radiation exposure, bone density loss, skeletal muscle atrophy, and vision changes. The field of space medicine seeks to further understand and potentially mitigate these risks to protect astronaut health during spaceflight. Protection and mitigation of these consequences on the human body may also help to uphold mission performance for prolonged space missions. In this chapter, we discuss some of the various hazards that have been identified in the spaceflight environment, as well as several countermeasure strategies that have been tested. This chapter serves as an introduction to the field of space medicine and a primer for the following textbook chapters on Spaceflight Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Spaceflight Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2022|
- Space medicine
- Spaceflight Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome
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