NASA Human Research Program Funds Proposal


NASA's Human Research Program will fund a joint proposal from the University of Arizona and the University of Pittsburgh. Co-Principal Investigators Drs. Simpson (Arizona) and Connaboy (Pitt)  proposal seeks to help answer questions about how astronauts may adapt to spaceflight during future long-duration missions, specifically, how exercise and sensory stimulation can help improve psychological and cognitive resilience in the unique spaceflight environment. The study will examine the effects of a validated exercise regimen with guided imagery on behavioral health, fatigue, cognitive, sensorimotor, and immune system function in the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This research could help promote stress tolerance, adaptability, and behavioral health through enhanced exercise protocols for long-duration exploration