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A RISK REDUCTION STRATEGY FOR HUMAN EXPLORATION OF SPACE

A Review of NASA’s Bioastronautics Roadmap

Committee on Review of NASA’s Bioastronautics Roadmap

Board on Health Sciences Policy

Space Studies Board

Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board

David E. Longnecker and Ricardo A. Molins, Editors

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE AND NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine


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COMMITTEE ON REVIEW OF NASA’S BIOASTRONAUTICS ROADMAP

DAVID E. LONGNECKER (Chair),

Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC

JAMES P. BAGIAN,

Veterans Health Administration, Ann Arbor, MI

ELIZABETH R. CANTWELL,

Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM

VALERIE GAWRON,

General Dynamics, Buffalo, NY

CHRISTOPHER A. HART,

Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC

CHARLES E. LAND,

National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD

DANIEL R. MASYS,

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

BRUCE M. MCCANDLESS II,

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, CO

TOM S. NEUMAN,

University of California, San Diego

THOMAS F. OLTMANNS,

Washington University, St. Louis, MO

LAWRENCE A. PALINKAS,

University of California, San Diego

JAMES PAWELCZYK,

Pennsylvania State University, University Park

BRUCE S. RABIN,

University of Pittsburgh, PA

KARLENE ROBERTS,

University of California, Berkeley

CAROL E. H. SCOTT-CONNER,

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City

RHEA SEDDON,

Vanderbilt Medical Group, Nashville, TN

JAY R. SHAPIRO,

Kennedy-Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD

THOMAS TEN HAVE,

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia

IOM Staff

RICARDO A. MOLINS, Study Director (from April 2005)

LISA M. VANDEMARK, Senior Program Officer (through May 2005)

MELVIN H. WORTH, Scholar-in-Residence

BENJAMIN HAMLIN, Research Associate (through April 2004)

ERIN MCCARVILLE, Senior Project Assistant (through June 2005)

VILIJA TEEL, Senior Project Assistant (from July 2005)

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COMMITTEE ON AEROSPACE MEDICINE AND THE MEDICINE OF EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS

DAVID E. LONGNECKER (Chair),

Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC

ALFRED F. CONNORS, JR.,

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

DANIEL R. MASYS,

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

VAN C. MOW,

Columbia University, New York, NY

TOM S. NEUMAN,

University of California, San Diego

THOMAS F. OLTMANNS,

Washington University, St. Louis, MO

RUSSELL B. RAYMAN,

Aerospace Medicine Association, Alexandria, VA

CAROL E. H. SCOTT-CONNER,

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City

RHEA SEDDON,

Vanderbilt Medical Group, Nashville, TN

IOM Staff

CATHARYN LIVERMAN, Study Director

MELVIN H. WORTH, Scholar-in-Residence

NORA HENNESSY, Research Associate

JUDY ESTEP, Senior Project Assistant

VILIJA TEEL, Senior Project Assistant

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BOARD ON HEALTH SCIENCES POLICY

PHILIP PIZZO (Chair),

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA

LESLIE BENET,

University of California, San Francisco

DAVID BLUMENTHAL,

Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

GAIL H. CASSELL,

Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN

ELLEN WRIGHT CLAYTON,

Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, TN

DAVID COX,

Perlegen Sciences, Mountain View, CA

NANCY DUBLER,

Montefiore Medical Center and The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

ROBERT GIBBONS,

University of Illinois at Chicago

LYNN R. GOLDMAN,

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

BERNARD GOLDSTEIN,

University of Pittsburgh, PA

MARTHA N. HILL,

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

DANIEL R. MASYS,

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

JONATHAN MORENO,

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

E. ALBERT REECE,

University of Arkansas, Little Rock

MYRL WEINBERG,

National Health Council, Washington, DC

MICHAEL J. WELCH,

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

MARY WOOLLEY,

Research!America, Alexandria, VA

IOM Staff

ANDREW M. POPE,, Director

DAVID CODREA, Financial Associate

AMY HAAS, Administrative Assistant

IOM Boards do not review or approve individual reports and are not asked to endorse conclusions and recommendations. The responsibility for the content of the report rests with the authoring committee and the institution.

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SPACE STUDIES BOARD

LENNARD A. FISK (Chair),

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

GEORGE A. PAULIKAS (Vice Chair),

The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA (ret.)

SPIROS K. ANTIOCHOS,

Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

DANIEL N. BAKER,

University of Colorado, Boulder

ANA P. BARROS,*

Duke University, Durham, NC

RETA F. BEEBE,

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

ROGER D. BLANDFORD,

Stanford University, CA

RADFORD BYERLY, JR.,

University of Colorado, Boulder

JUDITH A. CURRY,

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

JACK D. FARMER,

Arizona State University, Tempe

JACQUELINE N. HEWITT,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

DONALD INGBER,

Harvard Medical Center, Boston, MA

RALPH H. JACOBSON,

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Park City, UT (ret.)

TAMARA E. JERNIGAN,

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA

KLAUS KEIL,

University of Hawaii, Honolulu

MARGARET G. KIVELSON,*

University of California, Los Angeles

DEBRA S. KNOPMAN,

RAND, Arlington, VA

CALVIN W. LOWE,

Bowie State University, MD

HARRY Y. MCSWEEN, JR.,*

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

BERRIEN MOORE III,

University of New Hampshire, Durham

NORMAN NEUREITER,

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC

SUZANNE OPARIL,

University of Alabama, Birmingham

RONALD F. PROBSTEIN,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

DENNIS W. READEY,

Colorado School of Mines, Golden

ANNA-LOUISE REYSENBACH,*

Portland State University, OR

ROALD S. SAGDEEV,*

University of Maryland, College Park

CAROLUS J. SCHRIJVER,*

Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, Palo Alto, CA

HARVEY D. TANANBAUM,

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA

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RICHARD H. TRULY,

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO (ret.)

J. CRAIG WHEELER,

University of Texas, Austin

A. THOMAS YOUNG,

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Onancock, VA (ret.)

GARY P. ZANK,

University of California at Riverside

NRC Staff

JOSEPH K. ALEXANDER, Director

SANDRA GRAHAM, Senior Program Officer

*  

Member until June 30, 2005.

†  

Member starting July 1, 2005.

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AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ENGINEERING BOARD

WILLIAM W. HOOVER (Chair),

United States Air Force (ret.), Williamsburg, VA

EDWARD M. BOLEN,

National Business Aviation Association, Washington, DC

ANTHONY J. BRODERICK,

Aviation Safety Consultant, Catlett, VA

JOHN-PAUL BARRINGTON CLARKE,

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

RAYMOND S. COLLADAY,

Lockheed Martin Astronautics (ret.), Golden, CO

ROBERT L. CRIPPEN,

Thiokol Propulsion (ret.), Palm Beach Gardens, FL

DONALD L. CROMER,

United States Air Force (ret.), Fallbrook, CA

PRESTON HENNE,

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Savannah, GA

S. MICHAEL HUDSON,

Rolls-Royce North America (ret.), Indianapolis, IN

JOHN L. JUNKINS,

Texas A&M University, College Station

JOHN M. KLINEBERG,

Space Systems/Loral (ret.), Redwood City, CA

ILAN M. KROO,

Stanford University, CA

MOLLY K. MACAULEY,

Resources for the Future, Washington, DC

GEORGE K. MUELLNER,

The Boeing Company, Long Beach, CA

ELON MUSK,

Space Exploration Development Corporation–SpaceX, El Segundo, CA

MALCOLM R. O’NEILL,

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, MD

AMY PRITCHETT,

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

DEBRA L. RUB,

The Boeing Company, Anaheim, CA

CYNTHIA SAMUELSON,

Logistics Management Institute, McLean, VA

PETER STAUDHAMMER,

University of Southern California, La Qunita

HANSEL E. TOOKES II,

Raytheon International, Inc. (ret.), Palm Beach Gardens, FL

RAY VALEIKA,

Delta Airlines (ret.), Powder Springs, GA

ROBERT S. WALKER,

Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, Washington, DC

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ROBERT E. WHITEHEAD,

National Institute of Aerospace, Henrico, NC

THOMAS L. WILLIAMS,

Northrop Grumman, El Segundo, CA

NRC Staff

GEORGE LEVIN, Director

MAUREEN MELLODY, Program Officer

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Independent Report Reviewers

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

David W. Gaylor, Gaylor & Associates

Al Harrison, University of California, Davis

John Kindinger, Los Alamos National Laboratory

David M. Klaus, University of Colorado

Russell Rayman, Aerospace Medicine Association

Richard L. Summers, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by John R. Ball, American

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Society for Clinical Pathology, and Mary Jane Osborn, University of Connecticut Health Center. Appointed by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes

TABLES

1-1

 

Bioastronautics Roadmap Risk Rating Categories and Priority Definitions,

 

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2-1

 

Countermeasure Readiness Level (CRL) and Technology Readiness Level (TRL),

 

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FIGURES

2-1

 

Countermeasure and Technology Readiness Levels,

 

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Results of the CB/SD/BSMT Consensus Workshop Held May 25-26, 2004, in Houston, Texas,

 

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BOXES

ES-1

 

Summary of Recommendations,

 

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President Bush’s Vision for U.S. Space Exploration,

 

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Extending the spatial and temporal boundaries of human space flight is an important goal for the nation and for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). However, human space flight remains an endeavor with substantial risks, and these risks must be identified, managed, and mitigated appropriately to achieve the nation's goals in space. The Bioastronautics Roadmap (BR) is the result of extensive, commendable efforts on the part of NASA to prioritize research efforts to meet these challenges.

In 2003, NASA asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in collaboration with the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Academies, to conduct a review of the BR. Specifically, NASA asked the committee to (1) conduct a comprehensive assessment and report of the strengths and weaknesses of the content and processes of the Bioastronautics Roadmap as applied to the missions described in the President's exploration initiative and (2) identify the unique challenges for accomplishing its goals and objectives.

In September 2004, the committee released its preliminary report to NASA entitled Preliminary Considerations Regarding NASA's Bioastronautics Critical Path Roadmap. That document presented the committee's preliminary conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of the April 2004 version of the BR. This report, A Risk Reductions Strategy for Human Exploration of Space, builds on those preliminary conclusions and provides recommendations to NASA about how to address the issues identified by the committee.

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