Space Studies master’s student, Eryn Beisner, will give her thesis proposal presentation as follows. All Space Studies students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.
When: Wednesday, January 27th at 9:00 a.m. (Central)
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: QUANTIFYING ASTRONAUT FATIGUE DURING EVA DUE TO SUSTENANCE DEPRIVATION
About the topic: Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) aka “spacewalking” is the most critical aspect of human spaceflight. The ability to work in space, while dangerous and unavoidable, has proven invaluable. Astronauts must operate at peak performance at all times, both physically and mentally. Current EVAs can last more than 12 hours and do not stop to replenish bio-energy resources, nor do they have the capabilities to consume sustenance in their spacesuits. While astronauts will never complain about (and rarely admit to) hunger and fatigue, their bodies rapidly burn through calories during the arduous tasks of EVAs. With the future of space exploration taking aim at the Moon, Mars, or the next generation space station, EVAs will likely last longer than ever and eating for space-suited human subjects during an EVA will become critical in order to maintain their cognitive functions and physical endurance. The goal of this research will be to measure and quantify astronaut performance degradation due to the inability to eat during EVA.
About the presenter: Eryn Beisner is an engineer with 8 years of experience working at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. She is currently a member of the Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Flight Control team, who are responsible for training the astronauts performing spacewalks onboard the International Space Station. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno and is currently working towards a Masters in Space Studies, emphasizing in Human Factors. She hopes to be selected into NASA's Astronaut Corp someday and do a spacewalk herself!
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