NASA Crew Health & Performance Capability Development for Exploration: 2022 to 2023 Overview


Radiation, reduced gravity, distance from earth, isolation and confinement, and habitation within artificially created and controlled life support environments are hazards that present risk to human space explorers. These hazards necessitate development of new technologies to protect crew health and performance during future long-duration missions to the moon and Mars. NASA’s System Capability Leads coordinate with agency experts, programs, and exploration architecture teams to identify and prioritize technology investments in support of future missions. This paper describes progress over the past year in CHP technology development, ground testbed development, ground-based testing, parabolic flight testing, and on-orbit technology demonstrations. Technology maturation progress and future plans are described in the following capability areas: crew health countermeasures; spacesuit physiology and performance; food and nutrition; radiation protection; and exploration medical capabilities.


Andrew Abercromby, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Grace Douglas, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Kent Kalogera, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Karina Marshall-Goebel, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Jeffrey Somers, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Rahul Suresh, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Moriah Thompson, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Scott Wood, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Ralph Fritsche, NASA Kennedy Space Center, USA
Emma Hwang, KBR, USA
Justin Yang, Aegis Aerospace, USA
James Broyan, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA
ICES506: Human Exploration Beyond Low Earth Orbit: Missions and Technologies
The 52nd International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Calgary, Canada, on 16 July 2023 through 20 July 2023.


Crew Health and Performance, Technology Development, Exploration, Radiation, Food, Nutrition, Physiology, EVA physiology, Spacesuit physiology, Countermeasures, Medical