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International Day of Human Spaceflight marked with launch of Space and Health events series

HSC – UCL Space and Health events series

12 April 2021

Today we mark International Human Spaceflight Day – this year being the 60th Anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin embarking on the first crewed spaceflight in Vostok 1 on 12 April 1961.

Gagarin’s flight was critical to proving that humans could survive in the harsh environment of space. Today, the health of astronauts remains a critical area of focus to ensure their safety during long duration orbital flights and efforts to establish permanent facilities on the Moon and travel on to Mars. Spaceflight has also fundamentally impacted upon healthcare on Earth, with remote medicine benefitting from techniques developed for use in space and communication satellites supporting medical relief across the globe.

To examine the latest developments in these fields and what to expect in the coming years, the UCL Institute for Disaster and Risk Reduction, Institute for Global Health and the Human Security Centre are teaming up to present an online events series focusing on the importance of the role of space in the medical sector. With contributions and discussion featuring leading actors from the medical, human space flight, telecommunications, defence and humanitarian fields, this series will explore the latest developments in prolonged field care and telemedicine and how they can contribute to saving and improving lives on Earth and beyond.

  • Space, Remote Medicine and Health – 18:00 UK time (GMT+1), 18 May 2021
  • To the Ends of the Earth and Beyond: Space and Polar Medicine – November 2021
  • Medicine Unplugged: Prolonged Field Care and Modern Military Conflict – TBC
  • Space Medicine and Prolonged Field Care in Remote Communities – TBC
  • Space and Prolonged Field Care in Chronic Conflicts – TBC
  • Medical Care in Space – TBC

Further details, including speakers and instructions for registration, will be announced soon

For further information, please email info@hscentre.org


Top right image: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development via CC BY-2.0

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