The Future of Astronaut Healthcare in Deep Space with Dr. Robert Thirsk

An artist illustration of American astronauts on the moon by 2024. Credit: NASA.

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) wants to be a leader in healthcare in deep space and bring that contribution to its international partners as planning evolves for a human return to the moon.

My guest today on the SpaceQ podcast is former Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk who was recently hired back by the CSA on a contract basis to help with their efforts in defining Canada’s potential role in healthcare in deep space.

Canadian Healthcare in Deep Space: Advancing our country’s leadership in autonomous care in space and on Earth report. Credit: Canadian Space Agency.
Canadian Healthcare in Deep Space: Advancing our country’s leadership in autonomous care in space and on Earth report. Credit: Canadian Space Agency.

Dr. Thirsk went on two missions in space including a long duration stay on the International Space Station in 2009.

Prior to rejoining the agency, Dr. Thrisk was part of an expert group tasked by the CSA to look at the potential Canadian healthcare and biomedical roles for Deep Space Human Spaceflight.

In March the expert groups report was released in hard copy. The report is called Canadian Healthcare in Deep Space: Advancing our country’s leadership in autonomous care in space and on Earth. The report is not yet available online but SpaceQ did receive a hard copy. Dr. Thirsk and I discuss the recommendations of that report while also discussing other related medical issues here on Earth, and even the distant possibility of human colonies on other worlds or on human made O’Neil type colonies.

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About Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactice Inc. Boucher has 20 years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 27 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.