14:30 - 16:30
Why is it commonly said that astronauts get older in space? Why do they need support on their return to Earth? What still needs to be done before being able to send a crew to Mars and bring them back safely?
This session will address these questions by explaining how physiology is affected by space conditions such as microgravity and radiations.
The challenge of designing a bioregenerative life-support system for deep space exploration missions will also be discussed via the example of the European project MELiSSA. All these topics are extensively studied in Belgium and are expected to have major applications on Earth.
Introduction of the session
Frank de Winne, Head of the European Astronaut Centre, ESA
What happens to the human body in microgravity?
Floris Wuyts, Head of the Center of Equilibrium & Aerospace, UAntwerpen
Under the ray gun: health effects of cosmic radiation
Sarah Baatout, Head of Radiobiology Unit, SCK•CEN
Life in a closed-loop environment: ecological applications – MELiSSA Project
Natalie Leys, Bioenginner, Microbiologist & Space Researcher, SCK•CEN
Benedikt Sas, Professor, UGent
Q&A and Panel discussion