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    IAC-17 — 68th International Astronautical Congress


    This symposium jointly organised by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) addresses all aspects of space life sciences research and practice in human and robotic spaceflight, from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to the universe beyond, and from the Big Bang to the lives of future explorers on other planets of our solar system.


    Oleg Orlov
    SSC RF-Institute of Biomedical Problems RASRussian Federation

    Peter Graef
    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)Germany

    A1.1. Behaviour, Performance and Psychosocial Issues in Space

    This session considers psychosocial, interpersonal, cultural, cognitive, sleep, circadian rhythm and human factors issues and countermeasures related to human spaceflight and space exploration.


    Nick Kanas
    University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)United States

    Peter Suedfeld
    University of British ColumbiaCanada

    A1.2. Human Physiology in Space

    This session focuses on physiological effects of short- and long-duration spaceflight, and how this affects general health. Research into mitigation (countermeasures) of space effects are also included.


    Dieter Blottner
    Charité Universitätsmedizin BerlinGermany

    Elena Fomina
    State Scientific Center of Russian Federation, Institute of Biomedical Problems, Russian Academy of SciencesRussian Federation

    A1.3. Medical Care for Humans in Space

    This session focuses on medical care for astronauts including operational medicine aspects, countermeasure development and applications as well as needs for future care for astronauts during long term stays in space and missions to and on the Moon and Mars. A further focus will lie on medical care for passengers and operators of commercial suborbital and orbital space flights.


    Satoshi Iwase
    Aichi Medical UniversityJapan

    Ulrich Kuebler
    Airbus DS GmbHGermany

    A1.4. The International Space Station in LEO and the Deep Space Habitat in Cis‐ Lunar Space as platforms for simulated Mars voyages

    This session will discuss the sequential use of the ISS and DSH as platforms for preparation of future human flight to Mars. It will include discussions about all the possibilities to perform a preliminary dry run on the ISS to fully exploit the ISS features and flexibilities and to prepare for a natural progression into the DSH where a final dry run will be envisaged. It will also consider tests to be performed either at a lunar Lagrange point or in a distant retrograde lunar orbit with a lunar surface sortie after 6 months in weightlessness.


    Cristian Bank

    Livio Narici
    University of Rome - Tor VergataItaly

    A1.5. Radiation Fields, Effects and Risks in Human Space Missions

    The major topics of this session are the characterisation of the radiation environment by theoretical modelling and experimental data, radiation effects on physical and biological systems, countermeasures to radiation and radiation risk assessment.


    Lawrence Pinsky
    University of HoustonUnited States

    Premkumar Saganti
    Prairie View A&M UniversityUnited States

    A1.6. Astrobiology and Exploration

    A new era of space exploration will soon expand into a global endeavour to achieve highly ambitious goals such as establishing human bases on the Moon, journeys to Mars and the construction of new infrastructures in space. Astrobiology plays a key role in the strategic search for organic compounds and life on Mars and other planetary objects in our solar system and can provide support in the preparation of human exploration endeavours. The session invites papers of astrobiological content supporting future robotic and human exploration missions.


    Petra Rettberg
    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)Germany

    A1.7. Life Support, habitats and EVA Systems

    This session will address strategies, solutions and technologies in providing Life Support for finally human requirements during future deep space and planetary/lunar surface exploration as well as extreme environments in general. An important task of Life Support is the use of in situ resources. This research and technology development is of utmost interest also for Earth application.


    Klaus Slenzka
    OHB System AG-BremenGermany


    Chiaki Mukai
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)Japan

    A1.8. Biology in Space

    This session focuses on all aspects of biology and biological systems related to gravity in ground‐based and space flight experiments as well as on topics not covered by other sessions of this symposium.


    Fengyuan Zhuang
    Beihang UniversityChina


    Cora S. Thiel
    Otto von Guericke University of MagdeburgGermany

    A1.IP. Interactive Presentations

    This session offers a unique opportunity to deliver your key messages in an interactive presentation on any of the subjects of Space Life Sciences addressed in the classic Sessions. The presentation will be displayed on a digital screen in a dedicated location and available for view by all Congress attendees for the entire Congress week. In addition, one afternoon is dedicated exclusively for the attendees to view the Interactive Presentations, and the author will be assigned a specific eight minute slot to personally present the topic and interact with the attendees present. The Interactive Presentation may take advantage of all electronic display capabilities, such as: PowerPoint charts, embedded hot links, pictures, audio and video clips etc. An award will also be presented to the author of the best Interactive Presentation in the A Category at a special ceremony. An Abstract that follows the standard format must be submitted by the deadline for standard IAC abstracts.


    Cora Thiel
    University of ZurichSwitzerland

    Klaus Slenzka
    OHB System AG-BremenGermany