OTTAWA – The Canadian space agency says it wants to hire former astronaut Robert Tirask to help her understand how to contribute medical expertise to a human mission to Mars.
Crash is a doctor who holds the Canadian records on the amount of time in space thanks to an expanded mission on the International Space Station in 2009.
These two qualifications of the space agency see essential for the $ 95,000 contract it makes to the public today, says Thirsk is the only person on Earth who fits the bill.
The work includes spending in the next two years to determine what Canadian scientists and health professionals can do to help astronauts go beyond the low Earth orbit, and sell the public on the benefits of investing in space science.
Long field missions improve the muscles and bones of astronauts, expose them to radiation and can even damage their senses.
Crash led the panel of experts of the agency that recommended working on reducing these dangers should be how Canada helps the human race to explore space.