Space Health

Medical Capabilities to Travel Into Deep Space

Space Health Location


Session Date and Time
Thursday, May 23 @ 2 pm - 6 pm

Can we improve our health on Earth and beyond? Our health and medical professionals say “Yes!” NSS Space Health is currently encouraging changes physically, mentally, and spiritually to maximize our health. Visit with our speakers who are simplifying major medical capabilities to travel into deep space, and finding the sources of good health. Find out how we are restoring our health for deep space flight, designing healthy spaces, and making a spacefaring civilization possible. See how we are educating citizens to maintain health for, during, and after space flight. Discover your role in the coming age of expansion and wealth of humanity!

Space Health  Session Chair Info

Laboratory Director, Analytech Division of Laboratory Consulting Sources, Inc.
Presentation Title: Eat or Be Eaten: Mars Departure Zones for Sending Healthy Life to Mars

William W. “Bill” Gardiner is a professional environmental scientist (MSES, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University 1976) who operates Analytech, a Division of Laboratory Consulting Sources, Inc outside of Atlanta continuously since 1981. He is a Licensed Water Analyst (LWA) registered in the State of Georgia. Bill has been a participating member since 1975 of the National Space Society and the predecessor L-5 Society, founded on the vision of Gerard O’Neill. He has served as the Southeast Regional NSS Board member three times, Secretary to the Executive Committee, chair of the NSS Roadmap committee in 2012, co-founder of the Breakthrough Science and Technology Committee, is the current chair of the NSS Space Health and Medicine Committee, and was chair of the Space Health Track of the 2018, 2019 and 2020 conferences. He has also been a regular speaker at the Mars Society conventions 2014-2020. His NSS committees have been developing a new understanding of energy and material transfers in and from the environment of space, CELSS/ECLSS, health and nutrition. He refers to this effort as “Living in Space as a Model for Living on Earth.

Space Health Presentation Speakers

County Agriculture Extension Agent, University of Nevada-Reno, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources
Presentation Title: Thriving on Mars: Lessons from a Robinson Crusoe in Space to Achieve Joyful Self-Sufficiency on a Strange New World.

Dr. Deever is a park ranger, naturalist, farm hand, chef, certified flight instructor, futurist, agriculture extension agent, and professor in the University of Nevada’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. He is currently writing a textbook and developing curriculum on space farming. He is also writing a book on selecting space crops (modern and ancient) to create the most self-sufficient and healthiest off-world space colonies possible.

MD, Scientist, Business Owner, NSS

Dr. Harney earned her MD and specialization in Psychiatry from First Pavlov State Medical University, Russia. After relocating to the US, she has been actively collaborating with MMAARS, INC., successfully completing five Analog Astronaut missions and leading research in space medicine. Dr. Harney demonstrates expertise in developing triage protocols, conducting human factors research, training crews, and integrating advanced technologies during analog missions. She has presented at over 30 global conferences and established the S.T.E.A.M. for Humanity Foundation, dedicated to promoting STEAM disciplines. Serving as secretary of the LSBEB for the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), she makes substantial contributions to the fields of life sciences and biomedical engineering.

Director, Astrosexological Research Institute (ASRI), SpaceBorn United Inc. (SBU)
Presentation Title: Securing Future Generations in Outer Space: Addressing the Indispensable Science of Sexual Reproduction in Off-Earth Environments

Dr. Alexander Layendecker is the founder and current Director of the Astrosexological Research Institute (ASRI), a Cape Canaveral, Florida-based 501c3 non-profit research organization dedicated to the study of human sexuality and reproduction factors as they apply to outer space environments. He served seven years as a USAF space operations officer for spacecraft launch and recovery, before transferring to the USAF Reserve as an HH-60G helicopter pilot for Combat Search and Rescue. During that time, he completed a Master of Public Health and PhD in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, where his doctoral research focused on human sexuality and reproduction in off-Earth environments, the history of research in this area, and the research gaps that must be filled in the future in order to make long-term settlement of other worlds a viable possibility. He also holds a Master of Joint Warfare from the USAF Air University’s Air Command and Staff College, for which his thesis focused on future Space Rescue operations.

Analog Researcher Intern, MMAARS (Mars-Moon Astronautics Academy and Research Sciences)
Presentation Title: BeatBox Music Medicine to Improve Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Functions for Astronauts.

O’Raphael J. Okoro is an experienced analog astronaut and was the crew engineer as a member of MMAARS Crew 23-2 – Mars Medics mission deployed in Mojave Desert in December 2023. He is currently establishing the first “one-person” analog simulation mission called “the MartaiNAUT Project” under MMAARS and is expected to extend over 120 days.

Other Sessions at ISDC 2024

Preserving Aerospace Heritage
Infrastructure is the Backbone of Civilization
Space Ventures Stride Toward Lucrative Horizons
Newest and Most Exciting Ideas
Growing Life Beyond Earth: Innovating for Sustainable Space Habitats
...Some More Traveled Than Others
A Martian Renaissance is at Hand
How Will We Best Explore, Prospect, and Settle Our Natural Satellite?
Discuss Comprehensive Solutions Planetary Defense
Learn More About the History of Tomorrow
Educating and Enlightening People
Exciting Technology that will Revolutionize Access to Space
Global Collaboration for Outer Space
Medical Capabilities to Travel Into Deep Space
Who Owns the Vast Riches of Space?
Making Humanity a Space Faring Species
Core Interest of the NSS Since the 1970s
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