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Human Research Program (HRP)

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Why We Explore

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Why Do We Explore?
From the time of our birth, humans have felt a primordial urge to explore -- to blaze new trails, map new lands, and answer profound questions about ourselves and our universe. › View Site

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About Human Health and Safety

NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson conducts a spacewalk. Photo credit: NASAIn recent years, the objectives of our nation's space program have grown increasingly sophisticated and ambitious. Future missions will focus on exploration at greater distances from Earth and extended stays in space. To ensure that these goals are achieved, NASA's astronauts must be able to perform at peak productivity under even the most daunting conditions. The Human Research Program is dedicated to discovering the best methods and technologies to support safe, productive human space travel.

From the challenges of providing appetizing food and optimal nutrition to managing the environmental risks posed by radiation and lunar dust, HRP scientists and engineers work to predict, assess, and solve the problems that humans encounter in space. Planned future missions will dramatically increase the scope of the challenges and demands that face NASA's astronauts. The HRP is working to improve astronauts' ability to collect data, solve problems, respond to emergencies, and remain healthy during and after extended space travel.

Part of HRP's mission is to educate the public about the challenges of human space travel. As you navigate this site, you can learn more about the research and technology that supports and facilitates the work of the men and women who navigate the outer reaches of space.

Areas of Study

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Human Research Program

Working with HRP
The Human Research Program conducts research and develops technologies that allow humans to travel safely and productively in the environment of space.

Human Research Roadmap
The Integrated Research Plan (IRP) describes the portfolio of HRP research and technology tasks. A web-based version of the IRP is accessible via the Human Research Roadmap.

2013 HRP Annual Report
The Human Research Program 2013 Year in Review.

Human Research Videos

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