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Eating in Space: Does Nutrition Matter?

Author(s): Joanne R. Lupton, PhD

Space Mission Risk Assessments

Each of the 45 risks in the Bioastronautics Roadmap is given a priority (from 1-3, with 1 representing the highest risk), depending on the mission (International Space Station [ISS]; a trip to the Moon; or an exploratory mission to Mars). This slide shows the priorities for risks being considered by NSBRI’s Nutrition, Physical Fitness, and Rehabilitation Team, in relation to a Mars mission. Nutrition and radiation-enhanced carcinogenesis are considered priority #1 risks, and muscle wasting and bone loss are considered priority #2. It should be noted that all items included among the 45 risks are of critical importance to NASA, and that the development of countermeasures against risks in that area is a high priority.


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

This work was supported by National Space Biomedical Research Institute through NASA cooperative agreement NCC 9-58.