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 Canadian doctor who records the time spent in space thanks to an expanded mission on the International Space Station in 2009. These are the two skills of the space agency that are considered vital to the $ 94,500 contract it issued last Friday. Thirsk is the only person on Earth who fits the bill.
"Thus, Dr. Thirsk is uniquely positioned to provide the CSA with the perspective of the medical officer's team regarding health and performance requirements during long flights as well as the related capabilities to meet these requirements," the agency space said in a public announcement on Friday.
It has released a "contract notice", it is actually an open call to anyone who thinks they can meet the needs of the agency rather than chitchat to speak.
As these needs are defined in the message, no one can.
The former astronaut Roberta Bonder is a doctor, but she spent eight days in space until nearly 205. He was a doctor who led NASA's space and life sciences, and did a role in charge of health and safety teams, but two missions were added up to 28 days in space.
Chris Hedfield, who was probably the most famous astronaut of Canada, spent 166 days in space on two flights from the field and long stay on the International Space Station – but he is a pilot, not a doctor.
Another notable Canadian astronaut, Julie Fite, is in the next two years as governor-general, while Federal Trade Minister Mark Granau is now looking for re-election next fall.
Even if you also wanted the job, do not have the exact agency qualifications after.
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.
The company will work with Canadian biomedical communities, health and health care, so that space solutions will help improve remote medical care on Earth as well as other health benefits, the statement said.
Thirsk is also working with NASA "to ensure a visible and critical role in astronaut health and performance."
The first year of the contract is worth $ 45 thousand. An optional second year is worth $ 49,500.
Crash did not respond to the request to talk about the work on Friday.
The United States is considering a mission to Mars, probably at the beginning of 2030 when the two planets will be closest, and the NASA director recently visited Ottawa to seek Canadian help for initial steps, including a lunar orbit platform for a human mission there.
Long space missions improve the muscles and bones of astronauts, exposing them to severe radiation and even damaging their senses. An astronaut who gets a severe or hurting orbit on Earth can be sent home quite quickly and one that is halfway to Mars can not.
A trip to Mars will take at least six months in any direction, long enough to set serious problems – especially if the astronauts are making the trip and want to get ready for physical work on the surface.
Trisk led the panel of experts of the agency that recommended working to reduce these dangers, should be how Canada helps the human race to explore territory, in a report that has not yet been published.
Why are the qualifications for the contract drawn so narrow?
"The contract in question is being developed to develop other elements of the health vision as presented in the report of the (upcoming) expert group, which incorporates the results of consultations with international and international experts," said Canadian Space Agency spokeswoman Ariel Mathieu. Robert Crisk, a former astronaut CSA, has been identified as having unique skills, experience and availability to complete the work.
"Suppliers who consider themselves eligible are still allowed to file a claim before January 31, 2019."
Thirsk called on the federal government "to return adequate funding" to Canada's space program "as a means to stretch our national capabilities and rally our citizens", presenting this fall to the Finance Committee Committee's Finance Committee.
The committee's final report included a recommendation that the federal government committed itself to "significant and ongoing investments" in the 2019 budget in the space agency and contribute to "space and science research."