Ex-astronaut Dave Williams, who spent 28 days in space over two missions, is the next target for Canadian Space Agency who wants to find out how to fly humans to Mars and back without they developing health issues. But there’s more, as the Canadian Space Agency also plans to research medicines on Mars, so the institute is open to applications from medical personnel.
Dave Williams, for example, is a doctor with experience on both the shuttle and International Space Station, reported The Canadian Press. CSA said on Wednesday that it plans to build a team of medical experts to come up with health-care solutions to keep the future astronauts for the upcoming human-crewed Mars mission safe.
“The CSA is hoping to be able to leverage the expertise that we have in space medicine to create the next generation of on-board care capabilities for deep space exploration,” stated Dave Williams for The Canadian Press.
Canadian Space Agency Plans To Research Medicines On Mars
“Of Canada’s 10 retired astronauts, Williams is one of only three who practiced medicine. He holds the Canadian record for time spent on spacewalks: almost 18 hours over three sorties. He’s also spent 28 days in space over two missions and previously led NASA’s space and life-sciences directorate,” reported TheSpec, citing The Canadian Press. The news portal added that Dave William would cooperate with Robert Thirsk, who spent about 205 days in space and holds the Canadian record for spacetime.
“We could not have built the International Space Station without the Canadarm and the Canadian involvement. The future, of course, is beyond Earth orbit and it’s exciting being able to identify major roles that Canada can play in those missions back to the moon and ultimately on to Mars,” explained Dave Williams.
In short, the Canadian Space Agency plans to research medicine on Mars, reportedly. However, the first step would be to come up with reliable solutions to fly people to Mars and back safely.