Explore Moon to Mars: Human Factors - Our Muscles
Thursday 07/16/2020
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Students, Parents, & Educators in Grades K-16
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

In this second chapter of Explore Moon to Mars: Human Factors, we'll take an in-depth look at muscle physiology and the effects of long-duration spaceflight on astronauts' muscles, as revealed by the SpaceLab and ISS experiments (including the NASA Twins Study). As NASA looks to establish a permanent base on our Moon (and eventually undertake a three-year mission to Mars), it is imperative to understand the health consequences of reduced and micro-gravity as NASA seeks to develop the protective measures that will ensure astronauts are able to live and work to their fullest potential at these deep-space destinations. Implications for Earth-based medicine, and relevant instructional resources, will be included.

Dr. Anne Weiss is the Education Professional Development Specialist at Langley Research Center, which serves Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Anne originally trained as a neuroscientist, which included a research assignment in genetics at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since 1998, Anne has taught Earth science, chemistry & biochemistry, physical science, human anatomy & physiology, and general biology at the K-12 and higher education levels. As a graduate assistant, Anne served as Community Manager of the NASA Educators Online Network (NEON), the subject of her dissertation on online teacher professional development, for the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP). Anne earned a B.S. in Vertebrate Physiology (with history minor) from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Physiology from the Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Pennsylvania State University.