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Human Health and Performance

The Human Health and Performance (HH&P) Directorate is the primary organization focused on humans living, working and thriving in space, on the moon and on to Mars.​ Our mission is to lead the global spaceflight community in protecting astronaut health and ensuring human mission performance.​

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All HH&P functions are ultimately aimed at achieving our mission, “HH&P capabilities enable optimization of human health and performance throughout all phases of spaceflight.” Our activities enable mission success, optimizing human health and productivity in space before, during, and after the actual space flight experience of our flight crews, and include support for ground-based functions.

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Aerospace Medicine Clerkship

The four-week Aerospace Medicine Clerkship involves formal lectures on space medicine topics and issues, familiarization with the medical aspects of International Space Station operations, design, and function as well as Exploration Medical Capability for deep space exploration.

The application window for the October 2024 session is open. The next available session will convene October 7-November 1, 2024. Applications for the October 2024 session will close on June 1, 2024 at 1159 CST.

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