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The Wonders and Challenges of Human Space Flight

Event date Event time Event location
18/01/2017 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London

Space is an extremely hostile environment for humans. But it is also a place of inspiration and discovery. In The Wonders and Challenges of Human Space Flight, we will feature experts from different fields addressing the contemporary challenges and the history of human experience in space.

The event is free but registration is required. You can register for the event through the Eventbrite page.

What will be discussed

In exploring the many dimensions of human space flight, we shall focus on the culinary, ethical, medical, psychological, and sensory effects of space on humans. We shall hear from psychologists who advised NASA, from medics preparing astronauts for missions on the International Space Station and from chefs and food technologists about crafting food to enjoy in space.

We will hear from philosophers and neuroscientists about the changes that occur in the mind and the body of astronauts as they gaze at the blue globe. We will ponder the challenges of spending years in space on a future Mars mission, and debate whether a one-way mission to Mars is ethically acceptable.

The Conference is a collaboration between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Science in Culture and Digital Transformations Themes), The Science Museum, the Dana Centre, and the UK Space Agency.

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