Hazards of Human Space Exploration

Presented by Dr Gordon Cable, Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine

Plans for the exploration of deep space over the coming decades will see humans travel deeper into space and for longer periods than at any time in human history. A permanent presence in cis-lunar orbit, exploration of the lunar surface, and missions to the Mars system are all being planned. This new era of space exploration will expose humans to hazards not experienced since the Apollo program of the 1960s and 70s, but magnified by greater distance and much longer exposures. This presentation will use the paradigm of NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) which prioritizes 5 hazards of human spaceflight to explore the ways that the deep space environment can affect human physiology and health, and the challenges that must be overcome for exploration missions to succeed.

Bio: Dr Cable is a specialist in aerospace medicine, and a Senior Aviation Medical Officer for the Australian Defence Force. He has been a consultant to the Royal Australian Air Force since 1996 and is currently Head of Aerospace Medicine Training at the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine. He is Chair of the ASAM Space Life Sciences Committee which convenes the annual Humans in Space Challenges for Exploration course and is a member of the National Committee for Space and Radio Science. He holds Fellowships with the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, the Aerospace Medical Association, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. Additionally, Dr Cable is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide, and a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Medicine with the University of Tasmania. His professional interests include altitude physiology of hypoxia and hypobaric decompression illness, hypoxia awareness training of military and civilian aircrew, space medicine, and postgraduate education in aerospace medicine for medical professionals. In 2015 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for contributions to aerospace medicine.


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Wednesday 05 Jun 2019

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Kerr Grant Theatre Level 2 Physics Building, University of Adelaide, North Tce, Adelaide



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