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Human Research Program
February 6, 2013


The Human Research Program developed as a result of NASA's refocus of the space program on exploration in early 2004. The Program uses research findings to develop procedures to lessen the effects of the space environment on the health and performance of humans working in that setting. With the goal of returning to the Moon and traveling to Mars and beyond, the Program is using ground research facilities, the International Space Station, and analog environments to develop these procedures and to further research areas that are unique to the Moon or Mars.

The Human Research Program includes many facets of human space travel such as:

  • Environmental Factors
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Habitability
  • Human Factors
  • Medical Capabilities
  • Physiology
  • Psychosocial and Behavioral Health
  • Space Radiation

The Human Research Program is comprised of six Elements. They are the International Space Station Medical Project, Space Radiation, Human Health Countermeasures, Exploration Medical Capability, Behavioral Health & Performance, and Space Human Factors and Habitability.

The Science Management Office reviews and integrates science activities across the HRP Elements, reviews the prioritization and implementation of flight and ground analog activities, communicates HRP research needs to other programs within NASA, and cultivates strategic research partnerships with other domestic and international agencies.

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is a partner with the HRP in developing a successful human research program.

Click here for the Human Research Program Documents and Annual Reports

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Page Editor: Jeffrey Brief