CAPCOM News – January 12, 2021


Space Specialists Space Mates Online – Space Sector Networking
Weekly event – next on Tuesday 12 January 2021

Space wants to kill us and the medications we take” webinar

Australian final-year medical student Vienna Tran is teaming up with the Liverpool Aviation and Space Medicine Society to present a webinar on “Space wants to kill us and the medications we take” on Sunday 24 Jan 2021 at 22:00 AEDT (GMT+11):

The ISU Adelaide Conference 2021 (online – tickets $20 to $100)
Friday 5 February – Saturday 6 February 2020
Theme: International Collaboration in Asia-Pacific Space Activities
Two free sessions are available at the conclusion of the formal program.

Call for Speakers: (closes on 25 January 2020).

Space Medicine and its Benefits for Health on Earth (online – tickets £5 to £7.50)
An interactive virtual student Aerospace Medicine conference from the University of Aberdeen Aviation and Space Medicine Society.
Saturday 6 February – Sunday 7 February 2021.

Call for speakers: (this has been extended to 22 January 2021).


SGAC Space Medicine and Life Sciences Division Newsletter – January 2020
Read about news, events, the webinar archive, and more!

The SGAC – Space Medicine and Life Sciences Journal Club is being revived. Read more in the newsletter, or  if you want to find out more about how you can listen to your contemporaries discuss ongoing research or if you want to present a paper yourself as part of our International Journal Club (#SMLS_JC), then follow @SGAC_SMLS for more details. If you already have a paper you wish to present and want to submit it for the first meeting please complete the submission form below – or email Alfred Hill for further information.

Journal Club Submission Form

IAF Young Professionals Newsletter – December 2020
Great reading material – an eclectic and interesting assemblage of articles!

Events from the most recent AsMA newsletter:
Due to the coronavirus, please check the websites of meetings listed here to see if they have been postponed/cancelled. 

Fortnightly; International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Global Networking Forum Space Conversations Series; ONLINE, 14:00 Paris time. Please visit for more information. 

HFACS Workshops; ONLINE. Workshops on the The Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) are now available online as well as in-person. For more info, please visit jsp?categoryId=&courseId=HFAC for in-person and 558570F8&courseId=OHFA for online. 

Jan. 23-24, 2021; COVID-19: The Saga Continues – Successful Strategies for Keeping Safe at Work; VIRTUAL symposium. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) presents its third virtual symposium in a series of COVID-19 related symposia. For more info, please visit event?id=a1U3m00000MbB8LEAV

March 22-26, 2021; NATO Aerospace Medicine Summit; Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany. Full details and registration are available at index.php/upcoming-events/event-list/event/330

May 2-5, 2021; 105th American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC 2021); ONLINE. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s (ACOEM’s) annual meeting. For more information, please visit Health-Conference-(AOHC)

CAPCOM News – January 2020

The Space Generation Advisory Council is holding two events:

New Space Technologies and Opportunities: A discussion with space actors in the region

About this Event:
Space technology and its applications can be used to foster the development and implementation of Egypt Sustainable Development Strategy 2030. It models space programs and projects as a platform enhancing the implementation steps of many objectives and goals for Egypt vision 2030.

The Lunar surface has been permanently the next step to humankind. “We will be back on the moon” is the slogan of the approaching years. The Gateway is the new space station that would follow the International Space Station, the only crewed object in Space.

A discussion with the Chairman of the African Committee at the International Astronautical Federation and Space Operations located at the German Space Operations Center, Ahmed Farid. General introduction about SGAC by the regional coordinator of SGAC in the Middle East.

Health in Space Series: the Space Within – How to deal with psychological health in extreme environments & long duration missions in next generation human spaceflight?

About this Event:
Welcome back to the Health in Space series! In this sixth episode we will turn our attention to ‘the space within’: the human mind. This year, we celebrate that humans have lived and worked in the extreme environment of space for 20 years straight. For our series on health in space, it is time to look at the effects of this challenging endeavour on the mental health of astronauts and other professionals working in such harsh or isolated places.

Over the next decades, space missions returning to the Moon or even going further to Mars will take longer than a typical stay at the International Space Station. That will probably affect aspects of the human psyche of the astronauts on the go. But what mental effects will be of importance, when we will travel further away from Earth?

We have invited Dr. Iya Whitely and dr. Nathan Smith to join us on a tour through this exciting specialism in space health. What should we learn from the human mind before putting it under the stress of long duration space missions? What do we know from extreme environments on Earth and their habitants mental health? How do we work towards successful and healthy human space flight missions in the future?

  • Dr Iya Whiteley is a Space Psychologist (ESA, UKSA and IBMP) and the Director of the Centre for Space Medicine, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London. She has 25 years of experience in space psychology, human performance and cognitive system engineering. Besides her background in clinical psychology, she has expertise in: crew selection & astronaut training, interface & cockpit design; human-robot interaction and humanoid robot design. Also, she is a pilot, skydiver, PADI Rescue Scuba Diver, and acupuncturist. Her book “TOOLKIT FOR A SPACE PSYCHOLOGIST”, was written to support astronauts in exploration missions to the Moon and Mars. Iya was expert and presenter for 6 episodes on the BBC Science show Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?
  • Dr. Nathan Smith obtained a PhD from the University of Birmingham in Sport and Exercise Psychology, after which he further specialized in extreme medicine. He developed training and education on psychology in extreme environments. Furthermore, Nathan has been a research fellow at the University of Manchester studying how humans survive and thrive in extreme environments, working together closely with ESA and NASA.

Our stellar panel will discuss astronaut psychological health for current and next generation space missions and at the end of the session we will open up the floor for questions. This session will be moderated by your host Jules Lancee, health innovator on Earth.

Space Health Symposium

To celebrate World Space Week 2020 Mars Society Australia and the ad astra vita project have joined forces to present an inaugural Australasian virtual Space Health Symposium (including Human Rights in the Space Environment) to be held on Monday 5 October and Tuesday 6 October 2020 via Zoom (free registration).

We are excited to feature Human Rights in the Space Environment as the key plenary session on Day 2. That human space exploration is both expensive and dangerous is a given, but it also represents a unique set of circumstances where human beings are totally dependent on what is provided for them in order to be able to survive. However, as the good health (both physical and psychological) of expeditioners is essential for the success of the mission, spacefarers “need to thrive, not just survive”. As such, a strong human rights infrastructure is necessary to support this.

Members of the Australasian space life sciences and space law communities are especially invited to participate, but wherever you are in the world, you are welcome! University students are welcome, both as participants and potential presenters.

For more information and to register/submit an abstract, visit Space Health Symposium.

COVID-19 Pandemic

Here are some resources collated from providing public health advice (covers international statistics and USA and Australia-specific). (The text for resources 3-7 was provided by The Hill website.)


WHO situation reports

The Hill – Here are some of the best maps to track the coronavirus epidemic

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard

Johns Hopkins University has developed an interactive web-based dashboard to visualize and track confirmed coronavirus cases in real-time. The dashboard illustrates the location and number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries for all affected countries. It was developed to provide researchers, public health authorities and the public with a user-friendly tool to keep tabs on the outbreak as it unfolds. (or go to

The World Health Organization COVID-19 dashboard

The World Health Organization has made a similar map available that breaks down the number of confirmed cases, deaths, and countries, areas or territories with cases. 

Nextstrain COVID-19 dashboard

Nextstrain is an open-source project that tracks pathogen genome data. Its map is more technical and provides more information about how the disease has spread. It breaks down the genome of the virus, alongside a map showing how the virus has traveled country to country. 

The New York Times COVID-19 dashboard

The New York Times offers easy-to-read charts and graphs, as well as text stats breaking down the situation around the world. COVID -19 dashboard

A 17-year-old computer whiz from Seattle built an interactive map to keep the world updated on the COVID-19 pandemic. The website has been visited by 12 million people since it was launched by Avi Schiffmann in December, according to The Times of Israel. The site automatically scrapes data from sources all around the world and updates every minute. It offers stats on confirmed cases, serious cases, deaths and recoveries.

Worldometers – includes both statistics and graphs

The Washington Post – Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

The Lancet – COVID-19 and Italy: what next?

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now

Europe’s Doctors Repeat Errors Made in Wuhan, China Medics Say

stayinghomeclub – A list of all the companies WFH or events changed because of COVID-19 (contributions to the lists are accepted)

Hygiene resources

Good technique for hand washing and using hand sanitiser
In studies, washing hands with soap and water for 15 seconds (about the time it takes to sing one chorus of “Happy Birthday to You”) reduces bacterial counts by about 90%. When another 15 seconds is added, bacterial counts drop by close to 99.9%.


Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents


Australia – Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 health alerts–COVID-19

Australian Government Department of Health
COVID-19 resources
COVID-19 health alerts

General health advice

SmartTraveller – COVID-19 Advice

Information about international outbound travel insurance and cancellation, etc. (the situation has changed now as the Australian Government Travel Advisory has been lifted to Level 4 – check what your airline is offering by way of refunds or credits or flight changes).



USA CDC – Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready

USA CDC – Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings Before and During an Outbreak

USA CDC – FAQs for Event Organisers and Individuals

USA CDC – Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission

USA CNN – State by State breakdown

SmartTraveller – Advice re USA

Time Magazine – Here’s how fast the virus could infect over 1 million Americans

Atlanta Magazine – Coronavirus cancels Atlanta


AsMA Announcements

Featuring Mars Society Australia

MSA Goals:

Mars is within reach.  The fourth planet from the sun, the Red Planet, is a potential new frontier for humanity. It is the nearest body in the Solar System known to possess all the mineral resources necessary to sustain a permanent human presence.  It has landscapes billions of years old that can shed light on the early history of the Earth and the Solar System. Understanding of its climatic history will help scientists understand the operation of the Earth’s climate. Mars is the next most likely place in the Solar System where life may once or may still exist, the discovery of which would offer deep insights into the origins of life and the biological sciences.

In the last decade, major strides toward feasible, affordable human missions have been made and the question is no longer, “Can humans go?” but “When will humans go?”

  1. Broad public outreach to instil the vision of pioneering Mars.
  2. Support of more aggressive government funded Mars exploration programs around the world.
  3. Conducting Mars exploration on a private basis.
  4. Encourage Australian participation in planetary sciences and engineering in education, industry and government.

The MSA is undertaking comparative research and testing surface exploration strategies and technologies in renowned Mars analogue locations. Our vision is to position Australia for participation in the eventual establishment of a human presence on Mars, and to make Mars more real as a place for people everywhere.

Joining MSA

Various types of membership are available:

(As at 24 January 2020)

Membership of Mars Society Australia offers the following benefits:

  • For new members, all have the option of the following as joining gifts:
    • The latest copy of Dr Robert Zubrin’s book “The Case For Mars”, initialled by Dr. Zubrin, or
    • A copy of Guy Murphy’s book, “Mars, A Survival Guide”.
  • A reduced ticket price for AMEC (Australian Mars Exploration Conference).
  • Opportunities to meet with other MSA members at regular branch events and online..
  • Opportunities to participate in MSA activities such as Spaceward Bound Australia expeditions, and projects such as the Starchaser Rover, MarsSkin and Mars-Oz Habitat.
  • The knowledge that you’re supporting Australia’s most pro-active and well-respected space advocacy group.

MSA has branches all around Australia, and there is a wealth of information about events, resources, research and education on the MSA website:

Featuring the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ASAM)

The aims of ASAM are:

  • To cultivate and promote aviation medicine and related sciences;
  • To provide an authoritative body of opinion on matters of aviation medical significance; and
  • To increase the awareness of the aviation industry, government, and the general public of the importance of aviation medicine to flight safety.

Membership of ASAM is open to individuals and organisations. Students are welcome. Current membership fees (as at 24 January 2020) are:
Membership Fees
Full Membership – $143
Associate Membership – $143
Student Membership – $66

ASAM publishes a refereed journal (JASAM) on a half-yearly basis. It welcomes any contributions such as short cases, copies of papers presented at ASAM meetings, interesting photographs of our members in action or items of general interest to practitioners of aviation medicine. Send them by e-mail to the Editor.

The Editor of JASAM is:
Dr David Fitzgerald

JASAM is now published online at

ASAM also offers a number of awards, prizes, research grants and scholarships for students. For more information see:

A great deal more information is available on ASAM’s website:

Welcome to our new ‘beta’ website

Welcome to the new ‘beta’ website for the ad astra vita project!

We are hoping that this exciting new initiative provides an opportunity for the whole Australian space life sciences community to participate and “advertise its wares” to the world. We also hope that this will result in increased linkages and collaborations, and consultancy opportunities for those who are keen “to get a foot in the door”.

This is your resource, so please get involved! We would love to hear from people and organisations who are interested in being listed in the Showcase compendium or who would like to join the consultancy team, and if you have a “medicine in extreme environments” link or resource that you would like to share, please let us know!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr Rowena Christiansen, founder of the ad astra vita project