Center for Space Medicine

Polaris Dawn Mission


The Science

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Polaris Dawn Spaceflight Participant Anna Menon uses portable ultrasound

During spaceflight, the body undergoes significant changes. To monitor the health of the crew, TRISH will conduct important human health research before, during and after the mission, fulfilling one of the mission’s goals. The Polaris Dawn TRISH-sponsored scientific research designed to advance both human health on Earth and our understanding of human health during future long-duration spaceflights include:

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Sensorimotor project

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine established the first-of-its-kind research platform to study human health and performance in private spaceflight participants in 2021. Working with commercial spaceflight providers and their passengers, TRISH’s EXPAND (Enhancing eXploration Platforms and Analog Definition) Program collects pre-, in-, and post-flight health data from multiple commercial space flights and data is housed it in a centralized research database.

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