Antarctic lessons for space

Antarctic Space Travel

Video transcript

Going to Antarctica is like visiting another planet.

It’s extreme, confined, and isolated.

Chief Medical Officer – Dr Jeff Ayton

“We’ve got isolation for up to nine months of the year, so we can’t get people out of Antarctica. So, we have a small population of 14-25 people at Casey, Davis and Mawson and at sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.”

Australian Antarctic doctors are experts in remote medical care.

This knowledge informs space agencies planning for long-term missions to the Moon or Mars.

Chief Medical Officer – Dr Jeff Ayton

“Australia has been quite successful in undertaking space analogue research in areas such as immunology, but also mental health and behavioural health. How do teams work well together, but also how to individuals work well together and how can we support them.”

Dr Ayton will share his insights from the icy continent Aerospace Futures 2019.

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