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AsMA Members Publish Article on Civilian Spaceflight

March 14, 2019

AsMA Members Publish Article on Civilian Spaceflight

Jan Stepanek, M.D., Rebecca Blue, M.D., and Scott Parazynski, M.D., have published an article entitled “Space Medicine in the Era of Civilian Spaceflight” in the New England Journal of Medicine.

   The article discusses the field of commercial spaceflight and the fact that it will allow people with preexisting medical conditions to fly into space. Decisions regarding spaceflight participants’ ability to safely fly will mostly fall to clinicians who may not be familiar with the challenges of spaceflight. The article discusses these challenges, both physical and psychological, the limitations to medical support onboard a spacecraft, how the current data is based on healthy, mostly male astronauts and, therefore, may not be applicable to the general public, and medicolegal perspectives. The article is available to subscribers at https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1609012.
   Drs. Stepanek and Parazynski are Fellows of the Aeromedical Association (AsMA) and Dr. Blue is an Associate Fellow. In addition, Dr. Blue is a recipient of AsMA’s Arnold D. Tuttle Award. All three have published articles in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance.