For more than five decades, humans have been hurtled into space. These pioneers have not only carried along all of life’s necessities, they also have stowed carefully the power of imagination and the desire to discover. It is these intangibles that have built the legacy of space-based research.
We talked with some HMS researchers who, together with intrepid astronauts, have used the special laboratory of space to test the limits of their questions of science. Their stories provide a glimpse of the medical benefits these research collaborations have produced: pocket-sized imaging tools; light therapy to reset circadian clocks; drugs to rebuild bone; software-based behavioral therapy. And they provide a glimmer of what discoveries await.