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Biological Effects on the Human Body During Spaceflight

Friday, 15 February, 2019 @ 10:00 AM | Cost:free

Feb. 15, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. (two sessions), “Biological Effects on the Human Body During Spaceflight,” presented by James “Joel” Knapper, NASA Solar System Ambassador, sponsored by EIU Department of Biological Sciences; Room 3080 of Life Sciences Building.

Sending astronauts to explore the solar system has been a topic of science fiction writers for over a century.  Fifty years ago, mankind took the first small step in the exploration of another world when Neil Armstrong explored the surface of the Moon.  Today, mankind is poised to venture further into deep space with the goal of exploring Mars.  There are many technological challenges to travelling the 140 million miles to Mars; however, perhaps the largest obstacles  to overcome are the biological challenges to the human body.  NASA Solar System Ambassador James Joel Knapper will be presenting an overview of these biological hurdles as well as our current human Mars exploration plans.

A dedicated and active NASA Solar System Ambassador, James “Joel” Knapper has been hooked on NASA and space exploration since grade school.  James earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in English Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. James is an officer of his local amateur astronomy group, the Kankakee Area Stargazers, where he presents monthly updates on NASA programs. He also hosts many other NASA events in the Chicago area.  Joel, his wife Dawn and his three children live in Bourbonnais, IL.

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