Dr. Vadim Rygalov to deliver Colloquium presentation on Feb. 8th
UND Space Studies Colloquium spring series tackles Mars travel; next session is Monday, Feb. 8 with human factors expert Dr. Vadim Rygalov
University of North Dakota assistant professor Vadim Rygalov continues this year’s Space Studies Colloquium series titled “Human Missions to Mars” on Monday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m., in Ryan Hall 111. Rygalov, from the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences Department of Space Studies, will talk about “Critical Human Factors in a Manned Martian Mission.” The popular series features Mars experts from UND and other organizations.
About Monday’s topic
A mission to Mars and return to Earth will take more than two years, possibly a lot more. The travelers will be exposed to microgravity, radiation, and sensory deprivation, and other space phenomena in amounts which have never been experienced or tested before. For example, the longest stay in space microgravity on board the Russian space station Mir performed by Russian cosmonaut-physician Valery Polyakov was 438 Earth days.
Rygalov will address questions such how can astronauts survive this long duration trip in hostile environments of space? How can they maintain their health for an acceptable level of performance? What are those natural mechanisms which help people to survive in extreme environments? Rygalov also will discuss available techniques and current research trends in human factors in space.
About the speaker
Vadim Rygalov works in area of closed ecological systems and bio-regenerative life support and human factors. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1987 from the Russian Institute of Biophysics and worked as vice-director of the Russian Pacific Research Institute of Fishery Sciences & Oceanography. Rygalov is interested in the principles of closure for ecological systems functioning and their applications for life support in space. His research is strongly based on mathematical approach to experimental data description and interpretation.
Links to watch the presentation live are located here