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“Space is for everyone”: Europe’s Space Agency to hire first disabled astronaut

The European Space Agency hopes to hire and launch the world’s first physically disabled astronaut and several hundred would-be para-astronauts have already applied for the role, ESA head Josef Aschbacher told Reuters on Friday.

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Big numbers apply to be European astronauts

The European Space Agency says it is “thrilled” by the number of people who have applied to join its astronaut corps.

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Tide partners with NASA to create detergent for astronauts and help save water on Earth

Tide to Go is going to outer space. The Procter & Gamble brand is partnering with NASA to keep astronauts’ spacesuits fresh, even on Mars.

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China to send 3 male astronauts to its space station in June

China says three male astronauts will blast off next month for a three-month mission on China’s new space station

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Watch an Astronaut Take the U.S. Army Combat Fitness Test in Space

The test is already an infamously difficult assessment of physical fitness. Here’s how it’s done in zero gravity.

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Astronauts on set: Space Station may host wave of TV shows and films

TV and film projects in orbit are attracting the greatest attention so far.

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Astronaut Michael Fincke Offers Students Out-of-This-World Advice

In a virtual event, Fincke discussed his time studying at MIT, learning the Russian language, and flying on both Russian and American spacecraft.

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How SpaceX’s new suit revolutionised astronaut wear

In May 2020, the successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 reorbital rocket system allowed the world a glimpse of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley wearing the next generation of astronautical wear.

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EXCLUSIVE: NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir

Jessica Meir is perhaps the world’s most interesting explorer. Born to a Swedish mother and Iraqi-Israeli father in Caribou, Maine in 1977, she skis, hikes, cycles, runs, scuba dives, plays soccer, flies a plane, and speaks conversational Swedish and Russian. Did I also mention she is an astronaut?

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Inspiration 4 Astronaut | Sian Proctor

Explorer, Innovator and Martian Iron Chef – Dr. Sian Proctor is about to make history in a number of ways.

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How mobile games are saving astronauts

One of the benefits of space exploration is how it brings so many unique industries together to solve some of our biggest challenges.

In an effort to keep humans healthy on the way to Mars, with little to no support from Earth, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, is developing a radical new approach to healthcare in an effort to solve one of microgravity’s most painful side effects: Kidney Stones.

A diagnosis that usually requires surgery, and there’s no ER in space. At least not yet…that’s a hint NBC. Low gravity environments cause a reduction in bone mass and muscle tissue, pushing excess calcium to the kidneys, resulting in extremely painful stones passing through the urinary tract. This alone could halt our progress to the inner planets.

Fourteen ISS crew  members have developed the syndrome in the last 5 years, and with longer missions on the horizon – solving this is a priority – and gaming is the answer.

At the intersection of medicine and entertainment, Level Ex is paving the way for the future of health care in far away environments. “On the way to Mars it’s likely there’ll be a physician on board but Murphy’s Law says it’s going to be the doctor who gets sick,” said Dorit Donoviel.

Providing medical training through a game, gives everyone the ability to help in an emergency…in space, or on Earth. Over the next year, the institute will work with Level Ex to develop instructional games that reproduce the effects of zero gravity, radiation and different gasses that impact the body in space.

This opens the door for an entirely new generation of doctors, gamers and creative technologists to redefine how we care for ourselves and others.

Glassenberg, one of the Level Ex developers said, “It’s one of the most exciting projects he’s ever worked on in his life!”