SELECTION OF ASTRONAUTS/MEDICAL ISSUES: THE 1992 CANADIAN ASTRONAUT SELECTION

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Authors
  1. Gray, G.W.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In 1993, the Canadian Space Agency selected four new astronaut candidates. The Canadian Forces Medical Services provided the medical screening. The medical standards applied were those published by NASA for Mission Specialist selection. Medical screening was carried out in three progressively intensive phases. Phase 1 consisted of a specially designed medical questionnaire. Phase 2 was a screening aircrew medical, carried out at a Canadian Forces medical unit. Phase 3 comprised an intensive one-week outpatient medical screening at the National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa. This screening replicated the NASA procedures for Mission Specialist selection and ensured that Canadian candidates selected would not be screened out later during medical certification by NASA. Of the 337 who entered Phase 1 medical screening, 159 (47%) were medically disqualified by the end of Phase 3 (109, or 68%, of these were for vision/ophthalmologic reasons). Other reasons for disqualification included a migraine history, hearing deficits, cardiac disorders discovered with echocardiography, reactive airways disease, chronic sinusitis, and an abnormal electroencephalogram.
Keywords
Canadian Space Agency
Report Number
DCIEM-96-P-28 — Reprint
Date of publication
01 Sep 1996
Number of Pages
4
Reprinted from
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal, vol 42, no 3, 1996, p 139-142
DSTKIM No
97-00214
CANDIS No
500391
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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