Health Standards for Long Duration and Exploration Spaceflight - New Report 4/2


Human spaceflight inherently involves a high degree of risk for crew. Long duration and exploration spaceflights, including extended stays on the International Space Station and trips to Mars, will likely expose these individuals to unknown levels of risk. A new report from the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, provides a framework of ethical and policy principles that can help guide NASA decision making associated with implementing health standards for such spaceflights.


Advance copies of the report -- Health Standards for Long Duration and Exploration Spaceflight: Ethics Principles, Responsibilities, and Decision Framework -- will be available to reporters only beginning at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 1.  The report is under embargo and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, April 2.  To obtain an embargoed copy, contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail