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Human Research Program

HRP uses research to develop methods to protect the health and performance of astronauts in space. With the goal of traveling to Mars and beyond, HRP is using ground research facilities, the International Space Station, and analog environments to enable cutting-edge science.

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Learn how you can work with NASA's Human Research Program to protect the next generation of space explorers.

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Explore NASA's official system for receiving, evaluating, and selecting proposals. Then, submit your research ideas!


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HRP's Research Strategy

Our integrated research plan describes a broad portfolio of HRP's science and technology tasks. It also serves as the strategic and tactical plan to accomplish HRP's goals.

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The Human Body in Space

For more than 50 years, NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) has studied what happens to the human body in space. Researchers…

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Browse videos explaining the science of NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP).

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HRP Leadership

David K. Baumann, Director

Baumann oversees HRP, a program responsible for ensuring the health and performance of crew members aboard spaceflight exploration missions. He previously served as the chief health and performance officer for the Human Landing System Program.

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Karen D. Pickering, Deputy Director

Pickering supports the strategic management of HRP, aligning science goals with NASA objectives. She also facilitates relationships with internal and external partners.

Charles W. Lloyd, Associate Director for Strategic Planning and Oversight

Lloyd helps set the direction of future HRP work. He also represents HRP in broader agency conversations about operations and research investments needed for future human spaceflight.

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Steven H. Platts, Chief Scientist

Platts guides scientific content for HRP. As the program’s chief scientist, he ensures scientific integrity, ethics, and quality.

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Cherie Oubre, Acting Deputy Chief Scientist

Oubre works with HRP leadership, managers, and scientists to set research strategies and ensure a robust scientific portfolio that mitigates human spaceflight hazards.

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Kristin Fabre, Associate Chief Scientist

Fabre received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wyoming, followed by her master’s degree and doctorate degree in cell and molecular biology from Colorado State University. 

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Jancy C. McPhee, Associate Chief Scientist

McPhee helps build science strategies and implement research goals, coordinating with government, international, and commercial partners across various physiological disciplines, space missions, and Earth-based simulations of life in space.

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Nancy Fleming, Technical Assistant

Fleming began her career at NASA as an International Space Station avionics and systems instructor for astronauts and flight controllers. Since then, she has served in various roles at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Baraquiel Reyna, Manager of the Science Integration Office

Reyna incorporates research into NASA’s operational programs to ensure that research goals set now develop into research actions in the future. 

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Carol Mullenax, Manager of the Program Planning and Control Office

Mullenax leads the team that enables HRP’s overall execution. She facilitates technical, cost, schedule, and programmatic risk management processes and more.