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HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

Space Medicine as a Speciality

Improbable yes; impossible no

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he recent announcement by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) that India would be embarking on a Human Space Programme Gaganyaan1, scheduled for launch in December 2021 has excited hard core telehealth evangelists in India. India will now be the fourth country in the world, after Russia, USA and China, to launch a manned space flight. Monitoring in real time, the health parameters of the three Vyomanauts—Indian term for astronauts— travelling on a Low-EarthOrbit mission at an altitude of 300-400 km for 5 to 7 days would indeed literally be an ‘out of the world’ task. We have less than 39 months to get our act together. Travelling @ 27,000 km/h, the spacecraft will complete one orbit around the Earth every 90 minutes. Manned space missions do pose health risks before, during and postflight for the crew members onboard the spacecraft. There are communication challenges for medical doctors monitoring them, from the ground. 1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaganyaan

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