NASA Human Research Program

History of HRP…

The Human Research Program was created in October 2005 at Johnson Space Center in response to NASA’s refocus of the space program on exploration. The Agency’s human research investment was redirected to investigate and mitigate the highest risks to human health and performance in support of future exploration missions. The program began with using research findings to develop procedures aimed at counteracting the effects of the space environment on the health and performance of astronauts.

The Human Research Program includes many facets of human space travel including environmental factors, human factors, habitability, physiology, psychosocial and behavioral health, medical capabilities and space radiation.

THE MISSION of NASA’s Human Research Program is to enable space exploration beyond low Earth orbit by reducing the risks to human health and performance through a focused program of basic, applied, and operational research that leads to the development and delivery of human health, performance, and habitability standards, countermeasures and risk mitigation solutions, and advanced habitability and medical support technologies.

HRP Today…

Today, HRP is designing systems and technologies in human health countermeasures, behavioral health and performance, space human factors & habitability, and exploration medical capabilities to support NASA’s intent to engage in longer duration exploration missions. Click here for more information on NASA’s Human Research Program at Johnson Space Center.

The goal of the HRP is to provide human health and performance countermeasures, knowledge, technologies and tools to enable safe, reliable and productive human space exploration. The specific objectives of the HRP are:
  • 1. Developing capabilities, necessary countermeasures, and technologies in support of human space exploration, focusing on mitigating the highest risks to crew health and performance. Enable the definition and improvement of human spaceflight medical, environmental and human factors standards.
  • 2. Developing technologies that serve to reduce medical and environmental risks, to reduce human systems resource requirements (mass, volume, power, data, etc.) and to ensure effective human-system integration across exploration mission systems.
  • 3. Ensuring maintenance of Agency core competencies necessary to enable risk reduction in the following areas: space medicine, physiological and behavioral effects of long duration spaceflight on the human body, space environmental effects, including radiation, on human health and performance and space human factors.