Caring for Astronauts in Space: NASA’s Experience with Telemedicine

Wednesday, August 11 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT
Venetian, Veronese 2501
Astronauts spend six months to one year on the International Space Station, performing engineering tasks, research, maintenance and upgrades. During this time, access to medical care is crucial, as altered routines and microgravity have deconditioning effects on crew members’ bone and muscle, fluid distribution and immune function. Examine NASA’s current use of telemedicine in the care of astronauts in orbit, and learn about opportunities being considered for future exploration class missions.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the on-orbit capability currently present to support telemedicine in the NASA program
  • Discuss future telemedicine challenges looming for longer duration deep-space missions
  • Assess the factors needed for a successful telemedicine program
Technologist, IT Professional, Physician or Physician’s Assistant


Michelle Frieling
Program Manager
Human Health and Performance Contract, NASA
Shannan Moynihan, MD, MPH
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center