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NHHPC Theme: Habitability and Environment
October 18, 2010
 
NHHPC Theme: Habitability and Environment Topics may address the development of information, technologies, and processes aimed at making the pressurized environments habitable, safe and conducive to productive work and health living. Potential areas of collaboration include:
  • Assess emerging strategies for providing clean water and air, improved risk assessment and communication strategies, and collaborative characterization/mitigation of specific environmental stressors with both spaceflight and terrestrial applications
  • Identify and develop technologies that will result in a safe and stable food system for spaceflight crew and other groups which meets nutrition and acceptability requirements while balancing available mission resources such as mass, volume and crew time
  • Establish collaborations among organizations charged with protecting humans from environmental stressors during spaceflight and in extreme environments on Earth including chemical and microbial agents, radiation, and acoustic emissions
  • Advance techniques for monitoring extreme environments and the challenges inherent to assessing and communicating human health risks from environmental stressors that span microbiology, toxicology, acoustics, water quality and radiation, including methodologies for remote/autonomous monitoring
  • Develop methods and processes for measuring and evaluating habitability to determine if it matches expectations for the tasks to be performed in the environment
  • Develop information, technologies, and processes aimed at making pressurized environments habitable, safe and conducive to productive work and healthy living
  • Capture and share lessons learned relative to habitability and environment from NASA astronauts for the benefit of NASA and commercial space entities
  • Enhance the knowledge-base to support design, development and operational requirements for human habitation in space (0-gravity) and extra-terrestrial (partial-gravity) environments
  • Integrate human system support of unmanned and manned commercial spacecraft, human rating of commercial vehicles and habitats to ensure essential requirements are defined and met for safety, health and performance certification  


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