Astronauts deprived of Inspiration4 will help expand our understanding of how space affects the human body as they travel around Earth.
On September 15, a crew of four will launch into space as part of Inspiration4, a private orbital mission to EspaceX‘s Crew Dragon which will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It will be the first fully civilian space mission to orbit our planet. Apart raise funds for Saint-Jude, the mission will also be used to study the effects of spaceflight on human health and performance in collaboration with SpaceX, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine and researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine.
“The Inspiration4 crew look forward to using our mission to help build a better future for those who embark on the years and decades to come,” Jared Isaacman, a billionaire tech entrepreneur who will lead the mission and who has chartered the flight aboard an EspaceX Crew dragon for the mission, said in a press release.
“In all of human history, fewer than 600 humans have reached space. We are proud that our flight will help influence all who travel after us and we look forward to seeing how this mission will help shape the start of a new era for space. exploration, “he added.
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As part of this research, the Inspiration4 crew, which includes Isaacman, St. Jude’s physician assistant Hayley Arcenaux, data engineer Chris Sembroski and geoscientist, science and space communicator artist Sian Proctor, will perform a number of experiments once in orbit around Earth.
Additionally, teams from SpaceX, TRISH, Baylor and Cornell will collect environmental and biomedical data as well as biological samples like crew blood before, during and after the mission (during the mission the crew will only collect and test droplets of blood), which will launch no earlier than September 15 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The four-person crew aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will orbit our planet for three days before returning to Earth via a water landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
Specifically, data will be collected on crew members’ ECG activity, movements, sleep, heart rate and rhythm, blood oxygen levels as well as light and sound levels in the room. Crew Dragon cabin, according to the press release. The research will also monitor behavioral and cognitive performance using an app called Cognition, organ systems using an artificial intelligence-powered ultrasound device designed to be used by non-experts, and TK to assess the balance and perception of the crew before and after the flight.
SpaceX is also working with researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine to study genomes, microbiomes, telomeres (a DNA-protein structure found at the end of a chromosome) and more. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine, where the researchers led the “NASA Twins Study“, will work to replicate many of the same protocols and experiments that were pioneered for this landmark study of NASA astronaut brothers Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly. Samples collected during the mission will be freeze-frozen for further analysis.
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