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Author(s): Joanne R. Lupton, PhD
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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.