CAPCOM News – January 25, 2021

Food for Thought

The planet is dying faster than we thought
By Brandon Specktor
A triple-threat of climate change, biodiversity loss and overpopulation is bearing down on the Earth.

Explainer: what influences air temperature? (Australian Bureau of Meteorology)
Air temperature matters to us all, every day. We dress to be comfortable in it. We carry out our business activities, from agriculture to construction, with it in mind. Extremes of temperature, such as heatwaves and very cold weather, can put lives in danger. While temperature is largely caused by the sun and weather systems there are other factors that influence it. So, what are the main influences and how might they affect where you are?


COSPAR. 28 January – 4 February 2021. ICC Sydney and virtual.

Today’s Features

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine offers a free Wilderness and Emergency Medicine Lecture Series and an outstanding Resources page covering a wide variety of topics relating to wilderness and environmental medicine. There is also a page for Archived Lectures.

One Health Lessons
Let’s talk about how the environment affects animal health and human health. Let’s talk about how people can collaborate to make the world healthier and more sustainable. This collaboration is called “One Health” and this site is full of One Health lessons for children and the general public.


Mars Society Executive Director Lucinda Offer will give an online talk at the Royal Astronomical Society about planning for Mars exploration and a human mission to the Red Planet, as well as an update about the Mars Society and its programs. We invite you to watch virtually on Tuesday, January 26th at 13:00 GMT. For full details, including how to register, please visit:

Space Health Updates – Reproduction

Houston, We Have a Baby
What’s the protocol for creating a healthy new human when you subtract Earth from the equation? By Hannah Thomasy

Populating a Mars Base Will Be Dangerously Unsexy By Brandon Specktor
In a new paper, titled “Biological and social challenges of human reproduction in a longterm Mars base, researchers dig into exactly what those challenges would be — and the morally questionable solutions that may accompany them.

Human Reproduction in the Space Environment – Challenges and Conundrums

The 2021 AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting has been postponed. It is now scheduled for August 29 – September 2, 2021. The AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting has also moved from the Peppermill Resort Hotel, Reno, Nevada to the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado. Read details on decision to postpone. For those who plan to attend but do not hold a meeting registration, the online registration system will open April 1, 2021. The online room reservation system for the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel will be available on the AsMA website soon.

The EPFL Space Center (eSpace) in Lausanne, Switzerland presents the 1st Sustainable Space Logistics Symposium on February 16-18th 2021. Register here.


Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic (January 27, 2021, 11:00 Eastern Time) In the inaugural session of the ORWH series, “Diverse Voices: COVID-19 and the Health of Women,” Ana Langer, M.D., the director of the Women and Health Initiative (W&HI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Jewel Gausman, Sc.D., M.H.S., a research associate at the W&HI, will lead a plain-language discussion of topics explored in their commentary article “Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health. Register:


The Space4Women Network is a mentoring platform run by the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. It promotes gender equality and gender empowerment in the space sector. Space4Women Mentors are selected from leaders and professionals in the space industry and represent various fields and geographic regions.

One of the Space4Women Mentors, Ilaria Cinelli, is a co-leader of the Space Exploration Project Group of SGAC. Currently, she is running two activities a part of her duties under the network: a blog on Instagram, @SheRunsSpace, and an e-book, Unspoken. You can contribute to both activities right now and share your space story!


The British Interplanetary Society has opened a Call for Abstracts for its flagship conference, Reinventing Space 2021. The call will close on January 31st 2021. Abstracts should be a summary of the paper, rather than an introduction, and must be limited to 500 words.  More information, and the submission form, is available at  Early submission is encouraged.

UoAASMS Conference: ‘Space Medicine and its Benefits for Health on Earth‘. On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of February 2021, we at the University of Aberdeen Aviation and Space Medicine Society will be hosting our very first interactive virtual student conference, with the theme of Space Medicine and its Benefits for Health on Earth. Online:

International Astronautical Federation
Join us for the special event jointly organized by the IAF and IAF Member Israel Space Agency (ISA) – 26 January 2021 (online). REGISTER HERE. The Israeli Space Agency will be hosting the 16th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference as part of the 2021 Israel Space Week events on Jan 26-27, 2021. The 2021 Conference’s main theme this year will be ‘Pivoting to Space: New opportunities for Industries and Governments’.


Polar Medicine
On behalf of the AMSRO chapter at the University of Michigan Medical School, we would like to invite you all to a talk with two aerospace medicine residents at UTMB about their recent experiences training in Antarctica!! How cool! You will not want to miss this one to learn about extreme medicine being practiced in the most extreme of environments! We would love for all of you to join!
WHO? All AMSRO medical students and residents everywhere
WHEN? Jan 28th, 2021 @ 7pm-8pm EST
WHERE? Zoom:
HOW? RSVP via our Google Form.

Liverpool Aviation and Space Medicine Society. January 28, 2021: “Aeromedical Preparations for OpMINCEPIES 2020: A seasonal introduction to aviation and space medicine”.

International Space University (ISU) “Discover ISU” (Jan 30 and Feb 6, 2021): Visit ISU and discuss with faculty and alumni to learn the benefits of ISU’s educational and professional-development programs, and how to apply.

Deep Space Food Challenge
Deep Space Food Challenge

As NASA develops concepts for longer crewed missions to Mars and beyond, the agency will need innovative and sustainable food systems that check all the boxes. The Deep Space Food Challenge, a NASA Centennial Challenge, seeks ideas for novel food production technologies or systems that require minimal resources and produce minimal waste, while providing safe, nutritious, and tasty food for long-duration human exploration missions. Solutions from this challenge could enable new avenues for food production around the world, especially in extreme environments, resource-scarce regions, and in new places like urban areas and in locations where disasters disrupt critical infrastructure.
Open Date: January 12, 2021
Close Date: July 30, 2021
Prize Purse: Up to $500K for Phase 1 for U.S. citizens
Frequency: Potential for two phases
For more information, visit:


GLEX 2021 (14-18 June, St Petersburg, Russia) – the call for abstracts closes on 29 January.

IAC 2021, 25-29 September, Dubai. The Call for Abstracts will be open until 28 February 2021. Abstracts must be submitted through the IAF platform at Abstract Submission FAQ.

The IAF Abstract Mentor Programme is open to anyone and is completely independent of the abstract review and selection process. (1) Prepare a draft abstract in accordance with the IAC 2021 abstract submission requirements: (2) Complete the Mentee Application Form and send it to, requesting participation in the programme. The application deadline is 5 February 2021.

Prospective organizers interested in organizing Special Sessions for IAC 2021 are invited to submit an online proposal at by 12 February 2021. Before submitting your proposal, please take a look to the IAC 2021 Call for Special Sessions document to make sure it meets the requirements:


Understanding the Origin of Life: A Geologists Perspective (Saturday 30 January via Zoom). How did life form on Earth? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? These fundamental questions drive scientists to explore other planets, as well as deep within our own Earth, in search for answers. Speaker: Luke Steller, PhD candidate from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA). Host: Centre of Excellence for Astrobiology, Amity University, Mumbai. RSVP:

My name is Mark Rosenberg and I am the founder of the AMSRO interest group at the Medical University of South Carolina. On February 25th from 7:45-8:45pm ET, we will be hosting Dr. Erik Antonsen, assistant director for  Human Systems Risk Management at NASA Johnson Space Center and previous medical team member for Red Bull Stratos, as he shares his experiences practicing emergency/space medicine and its involvement in safety planning for long-duration space travel! This will be an amazing event to hear the inner workings of being a flight surgeon who works directly with astronauts.
This event is open for all; and we would love for you all to join! The event flyer can be seen below for additional information. The RSVP link can be found here: The zoom link to join can be found here: If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out.


Earth and Space Exploration Resident Scientist Program: Ladakh 2021
Are you an Earth/Planetary Science Researcher experienced in field work? Are you passionate about mentoring and inspiring the next generation of explorers? Are you interested to live and work in the field in Ladakh, India for a month in June-Oct 2021, mentoring student teams? (travel, stay and meals covered) Read On! We seek applications from Astrobiology, Earth and Planetary Science Researchers for our Earth and Space Exploration Program in Ladakh, India starting June 2021. The opportunity allows the resident scientist to conduct their own research in Ladakh (Tso Kar and Puga region) and serve as mentors and role-models for incoming student teams. The program will cover return airfare, meals and stay expenses in New Delhi and Ladakh for the duration of residence for the scientist. (Visa application and COVID-related travel assistance will be provided for international scientists.) Interested persons please fill up the form: Apply by Feb 15. Students, you can sign up the interest form here, registration will start Feb 1.

One week left: POSTDOC 2101: SPACE HEALTH FELLOWSHIP. TRISH is soliciting research proposals from postdoctoral fellows exploring space translatable health protections and performance optimization. Applications are due January 28, 2021. VIEW THE SOLICITATION.


SpaceCHI : Human-Computer Interaction for Space Exploration. A Workshop at ACM CHI 2021.
Saturday May 14, 2021| EST 09:00-13:00 / CET 15:00-19:00. Our one-day workshop will consist of a keynote lecture, research presentations, lively discussion, and group brainstorming. The workshop will be held online via Zoom. We invite researchers from both academia and industry to submit a short position paper on one of the topics listed on the website. Papers should be maximum of 4 pages, and should be submitted in the CHI format. The submission deadline is February 15th, 2021. Submission portal.

Paramedic/Pre-Hospital Medicine Conferences
  • Trauma on the Border, Tweed Heads, NSW
  • Friday 19 March 2021. One day paramedic conference covering all things trauma.
  • ROAR – Rural Outback and Remote Paramedic Conference, Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 May 2021 Designed specifically for paramedics and allied professionals working in rural outback and remote areas
  • ACP International Conference, Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 September 2021. An in-depth comprehensive paramedic conference that focuses on providing the education that paramedics of all levels need
  • See the Australasian College of Paramedicine Events page for more details.
  • Call for abstracts and posters now open. The ACP and the UK College of Paramedics are working together to present the first International Paramedic Education Conference. The virtual conference will have seven education based themes. Closing date for submissions: Sunday 31 January 2021. Get all the details here.

SciFi Hive: the Future of Health Care by ExO Execute. Sun, March 21, 2021. Collaborate with health experts around the globe to create the compelling story of the future we want in healthcare through SciFi Hive. Tickets:

Recorded Webinars

Crisis Standards of Care and Ethical Dilemmas: A Global Perspective. Dr. Gregory Ciottone, Harvard Medical School, discusses epidemic and pandemic history, crisis levels of surge, understanding surge capability and surge capacity, and ethics. The presentation was part of the All Levels Trauma Care International Conference which was held virtually from 7-8 November 2020.

Dr. Gregory Ciottone

On December 19, 2020, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Los Angeles / Las Vegas Section, hosted a session on Space Architecture. Speakers around the world came together. Recordings here: Part I – Simulations and Simulators | Part II – Space Architecture. Interested in the topic? More resources from the Moon Village Association.


CASIS Unveils Research Announcement in Technology Advancements to Leverage the ISS National Lab. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, has made public a research announcement soliciting proposals for technology advancements and applied research that would utilize the space-based environment of the orbiting laboratory. Learn more about this opportunity here. CASIS will host a webinar for interested proposers to discuss the facilities and capabilities associated with the ISS on February 11, 2021 at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
This research announcement will follow a two-step proposal submission process. Before being invited to submit a full proposal, all interested investigators must complete and submit a Step One concept for review by end of day on February 25, 2021. Full proposals (from those invited to submit) will be due by end of day April 26, 2021.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Karman Fellowship and close on 20 March 2021. The Karman Fellowship Programme is a one-year leadership programme designed to foster trust, independent dialogue and cooperation between 15 selected Karman Fellows who are below the age of 45 and have achieved outstanding accomplishments in space. Over the course of the Programme, Fellows strengthen personal relations, meet with global leaders in technology, science, business, politics and the arts, and take personal commitments to further advance space-related agendas for the betterment of humanity.

Conference Recordings:
Fallings Walls and Berlin Science Week 2020 recordings.


Patients, clinicians, seek answers to the mystery of ‘Long COVID’. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, public attention has mainly focused on the number of people who become severely ill and die from COVID-19. But what’s become clear in recent months is the large and growing group of people who continue to deal with prolonged symptoms long after their original illness.

Trying to make sense of ‘Long COVID’ syndrome. More than 400,000 Americans have now lost their lives to COVID-19. But thousands of others who’ve gotten sick and survived COVID-19 are finding that a full recovery can be surprisingly elusive. Weeks and months after seemingly recovering from even mild cases of COVID-19, many battle a wide range of health problems.

Taking a closer look at COVID-19’s effects on the brain. While primarily a respiratory disease, COVID-19 can also lead to neurological problems. The first of these symptoms might be the loss of smell and taste, while some people also may later battle headaches, debilitating fatigue, and trouble thinking clearly, sometimes referred to as “brain fog.” All of these symptoms have researchers wondering how exactly the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, affects the human brain.

GEO Health Community of Practice
  • Upcoming CoP TeleconTuesday, January 26, 2021 from 8:30-10AM EST (GMT-5), including an invited presentation by Bryan Duncan (NASA Goddard) on CityAQ, a pilot project and collaboration between NASA Goddard and World Resources Institute (WRI) that provides optimized air quality forecasts to city health and air quality managers.
  • Website Updates: We have updated the GEO Health CoP webpage with presentations from the GEO Health Community of Practice Annual MeetingSmall Work GroupsEO4HEALTHprojects, and Publications. Also, please read our recent GEO community blog article, Small Work Groups of the GEO Health Community of Practice.
  • Listserv Updates: Over the past year, if your information (e.g. affiliation, email) has changed, please send any revisions. Also, if you have colleagues who would be interested to learn more and join the GEO Health Community of Practice, please send the registration link.

Call for Manuscripts Remote Sensing journal: Special Issue on Human-Oriented Observation for Supporting Effective Decision-Making in Governance and Public Service (Deadline: December 31, 2021). Other upcoming deadlines for Remote Sensing special issues can be found on the journal website.

GEO Health Community of Practice

Request for InformationOGC Seeking Information Concerning The Capture And Use Of Spatial Data During Health Emergencies (Deadline: January 29, 2021).

Upcoming NASA ARSET Sessions – Hyperspectral Data for Land and Coastal Systems on January 26, and February 2, 2021.

CDC’s Zoonoses and One Health Updates (ZOHU). The next ZOHU Update will be on February 3, 2021 from 2-3PM EST/GMT-5. The agenda, after updates from CDC, is: (1) NASA and NOAA Earth Observations for Health and Air Quality Application; (2) Surveillance for Harmful Algal Bloom Events and Associated Human and Animal Illnesses — One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System, United States, 2016; and (3) SARS-CoV-2 biomarker identification and decontamination strategies to inform use of odor detection canines.

Upcoming Workshop – US Arctic Research Commission/CDC/Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation: Tracing the Pandemic through Wastewater: Using Sewage Monitoring to Investigate Infectious Disease from February 22-23, 2021 from 12:30-4:00PM EST/GMT-5. Please review the agenda and registration link


As future space explorers, we know too well how psychology and isolation will play a key role for the success of a space mission.
For this, we signal you this study! There is a second call to be part of the PROTECT Mental Health COVID -19 Study. This study is looking to understand risk and protective measures for mental health and wellbeing during long periods of social distancing.
Designed by Dr Elena Antonova of Brunel University London and Mr Karoly Schlosser of Goldsmiths University of London, the study has received ethical approval from Brunel University London (Reference number: 23223-MHR-May/2020-25658-2).
The first survey, which takes approximately 30-40 min to complete, explores how people respond to social distancing measures introduced in many countries to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Subsequent shorter surveys, which will take approximately 10-15 min to complete, will be administered monthly to monitor how participants are adjusting to the ‘new normal’ in terms of their coping strategies and emotional response.
You may choose to only participate in the initial 30-40-minute survey, but your continued participation will help us to learn more about the long-term impact of risk and protective factors for mental health and well-being during the pandemic. Read More and Join the Study!

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Research – Tumours in Space

Open access peer-reviewed chapter
Tumors in Space: Preparation for Spaceflight, by Tricia L. Larose
Published: September 2nd 2020. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.93465

Tumors in Space is a cutting-edge cancer research experiment at the intersection of stem-cell biology and space technology selected by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the China Manned Space Agency for a 31-day space mission on board the China Space Station. Anchored in Norway, Tumors in Space includes an international team of exceptional scientists at several European partner organizations including the University of Oslo and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway, the International Space University in France, the Belgian Nuclear Research Center in Belgium, and Vrije University Amsterdam as well as the Hubrecht Institute in The Netherlands. This chapter first presents our two novel hypotheses including the current state of scientific evidence upon which our hypotheses are based. Following, the seven main steps of our spaceflight preparation are discussed within the context of our 2025 launch date from China. Finally, some thoughts on impact, including support for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and commitment to science communication in the public domain, are given. Tumors is Space is under a programme of, and funded by the European Space Agency with the support of the Norwegian Space Agency.

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