Space Medicine

We stand at the advent of a new era in human exploration and research in space. Michigan Space Medicine was created with the goal to collectively arm ourselves in facing this challenge.


Our Mission

University of Michigan Space Medicine is a communications, engagement, and research vehicle for students, academics, clinicians, and the public to explore the benefits and challenges of space medicine and interplanetary health. With momentum growing in both the exploration and commercialization of space, we stand at the advent of a new era in human exploration and research. We recognize that new health related questions will emerge in this endeavor, and we seek to overcome these challenges through inter-departmental research, innovative application, and collaborative engagement.

The global space industry is forecasted to be worth over $1 trillion by 2040, and this amount of growth will necessitate innovation and open the door to uncharted and unexplored domains. We aim to proactively take on the challenges that will arise in this new era with a plethora of interdisciplinary researchers and academics.

The University of Michigan has a long-standing tradition of excellence in engineering, medicine, business, the humanities and the arts. The distillation of this varied excellence can be found at Michigan Space Medicine.


UM | Events and News

April 7th, 2022

In collaboration with the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), we have established a Research Jam for April 7th, 2022 to take place. This event will see faculty, students and researchers from a variety of disciplines come together to consider both the emerging challenges related to space medicine and their potential solutions.

Call To Action

We are looking for interested researchers, faculty and space medicine community members to initiate Michigan Space Medicine seminars! We would love to host interested presenters for the organization. Please reach out at the bottom of the page.


  • Lunar Biology Technology Workshop (LBTech)

    A virtual event hosted by the NASA Space Biology Program April 20-21, 2022       Are you a biologist seeking interaction with engineers to design your ideal experiment? Are you a payload developer looking for insight into how to support the next generation of space experiments? Are you a platform/lunar lander provider interested in […]

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  • Seminar on Space Exploration

    Chair’s Distinguished Lecture: Challenges and Opportunities for Space Exploration with Autonomous Small Spacecraft       Oliver Jia-RichardsDoctoral CandidateDepartment of Aeronautics and AstronauticsMassachusetts Institute of Technology This seminar will cover some of the research challenges and opportunities for space exploration using autonomous small spacecraft, with an emphasis on the interaction between the propulsion system and […]

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It is human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice really; it’s an imperative.

Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot

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