Challenges of Space Exploration with Dr. Sharmi Watkins
Dr. Sharmi Watkins discusses what it takes to both physically and mentally become an astronaut.
As NASA prepares for upcoming missions to space, one of the big challenges is the limitations of the human body. Join Dr. Sharmi Watkins, the Assistant Director for Exploration in NASA’s Human Health and Performance Directorate, to learn how astronauts’ bodies change during spaceflight, affecting their health and performance. We will also learn how NASA will prepare them to overcome these challenges and mitigate the risks of long duration exploration missions.
Dr. Watkins has served as a NASA Flight surgeon providing medical care to astronauts aboard the International Space Station, as the lead scientist for the NASA Human Research Program’s Exploration Medical Capability element, and as a medical subject matter expert for NASA’s Commercial Crew and exploration Programs.
Dr. Watkins holds a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). Her residency training in internal medicine and aerospace medicine was completed at UTMB, where she also served as the Chief Resident of the Preventive Medicine Residency programs. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association.