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NASA to Fund 27 Medical Research Proposals for Long-Duration Human Space Exploration

space-engineeringNASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute have picked 27 proposals from 19 research organizations that seek to examine the potential effects of long-duration spaceflight missions on astronauts’ health and performance.

Research teams will receive funds worth a combined $12 million over a one- to three-year period from NASA’s Human Research Program and NSBRI, the institute said Friday.

The winning projects were selected from 131 proposals that were submitted in response to the Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions and NASA’s Human Research Program Artificial Gravity Opportunity announcements.

NASA will manage 20 of the research efforts and NSBRI will oversee the other seven projects.

According to the institute, research teams will investigate how the space environment can affect astronaut vision, behavioral health and performance, physiology and sensorimotor functions.

They aim to help build smart medical technologies in support of NASA’s future missions to Mars and other destinations beyond low Earth orbit.

Click here to view the full list of investigative teams that were chosen for the joint space medicine research initiative.

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