Center for Space Medicine

Why We Go

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“Why We Go” is a monthly discussion series examining interplanetary exploration through conversations with diverse experts optimistically answering the question, why do humans go to space? The series speaks to the hard science and the human elements, allowing us to think holistically about human society and our path to the future. “Why We Go” is a collaboration between the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine and Interplanetary Initiative at Arizona State University.

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Why is going to space difficult for humans?

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Once beyond the safety of our planet, explorers will need to endure conditions hostile to human life. What is it that makes going to space so difficult on the human body and psyche and how can we increase resilience?

Richard T. Jennings, M.D., clinical professor in space medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch and a flight surgeon for Space Adventures, joins Jennifer Fogarty, Ph.D., the former Chief Scientist of NASA's Human Research Program for a conversation led by Dorit Donoviel, Ph.D., director of the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH).

Come prepared to listen, learn and launch into the awe of human exploration.

Date and Time
Thursday, May 20
10 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. CT / 1 p.m. ET
Run time: 1 hour

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Richard T. Jennings, M.D.

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Clinical professor in space medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch; flight surgeon for Space Adventures.

Jennifer Fogary, Ph.D.

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Former Chief Scientist of NASA's Human Research Program.