Blasting off this fall is a master’s degree in human space exploration sciences, a one-of-a-kind program designed to equip students who aspire to work in the space industry. The program is available through the department of health and human performance (HHP) and also will serve those currently in the space industry who want avenues for professional development.
“Graduates of this program will be sensitized to the unique challenges of microgravity and how to keep human beings healthy in the spaceflight environment,” said Charles Layne, chair of the department of health and human performance.
Courses will be taught by NASA veterans and UH faculty (Dr. William Paloski, Dr. Charles Layne, & Dr. Mark Clarke) and will include physiology programs to understand how space flight affects the body, and how humans may adapt to living in the extreme environments of the moon or Mars plus techniques for building and testing hardware used for space flight. There also is a management component and courses on the history of the space program.
“One of the goals of this program was to shorten the learning curve by providing real world experience from the people that actually work in that industry day to day. How to get things accomplished, how to generate the science that is necessary for us to understand how we’re going to go back to the moon and hopefully go on to Mars,” Layne said.
Courses begin in fall 2009.
The graduate program in human space exploration sciences is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston. I’m Marisa Ramirez.
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