We’ve learned how to pee in space and how to prepare pre-packaged meals, but if we’re serious about long distance inter-planetary travel, there’s still a lot more we need to work out about the psychology and physiology of living and working in zero-gravity.
And as we’ll hear, some of what we thought we knew about staying healthy in space could actually prove counterproductive.
Dr Joan Vernikos, Former Director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division and author of ‘Sitting Kills, Moving Heals’.
Dr Nick Kanas, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr Scott Smith, Lead Scientist in the Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre.
Dr James Waldie, Associate Researcher at RMIT University.
Title: Sitting Kills, Moving Heals
Author: Dr Joan Vernikos
Publisher: Quill Driver Books
Joan Vernikos’ website (http://www.joanvernikos.com/)
Nick Kanas’ Profile (http://psych.ucsf.edu/faculty.aspx?id=578)
NASA article on Scott Smith’s work (http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stseducation/stories/Scott_Smith_Profile.html)
ABC Catalyst story on James Waldie’s space suit (http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/2843327.htm)
2011 Future Tense show on space architecture & art (http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/space-oddities/2931144)