Gap BMed9: We need to understand long term astronaut health for long duration exploration missions and find the best methods to promote long term post-mission behavioral health.
Last Published:  07/31/19 10:05:30 AM (Central)
Responsible Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance (HFBP)
Status: Open
Description

Present State of Knowledge:

Presently we do not know the post mission behavioral health effects of long duration exploration missions on astronauts. Understanding the likelihood and consequences of the BMED risk should it occur on long term astronaut health is important for quantifying and mitigating this risk which is currently a red risk for exploration class missions.

 

Approach:

BHP will conduct a research requirement task to summarize the literature on post-mission behavioral health. A better understanding of the types of behavioral health decrements, illnesses, or events will be important to understanding the nature of this risk for long duration exploration class missions. Subsequently, a post-mission behavioral health assessment and monitoring tool suite  will be developed along with countermeasures to promote and enhance post-mission behavioral health.

 

Target for Closure
  1. An understanding of the of post-mission behavioral health of astronauts
  2. Validated Monitoring tools for post-mission behavioral health
  3. Validated set of countermeasures to promote post-mission behavioral health.
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Risk Risk of Adverse Cognitive or Behavioral Conditions and Psychiatric Disorders
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