Humans in Space Program

Yuri Gagarin was the first human to travel into space in 1961, and subsequently, more than 500 people have followed. We have learned so much since then, however, there are many questions that remain unanswered. The Humans in Space program seeks to facilitate the creation of new knowledge that will help find solutions to these questions through the development of a first-of-its-kind and more complete library of open access space life sciences and related areas knowledge.

At the heart of enabling space innovation, growth and ambition is education and access to field-specific, state-of-the-art knowledge, which in turn stimulates ideas and innovation, and inspires the next generation of space scientists, engineers and researchers.

Humans in Space Program will showcase the research, ideas and expertise that will facilitate advancements in space life sciences knowledge.

The program will:

  • Signify a first-of-its-kind — the most complete and complex reservoir of space science knowledge
  • Remove barriers to scientific knowledge and provide the widest possible reach with worldwide free access
  • Raise global awareness of the state-of-the-art research in all areas that affect humans in space
  • Encourage the formation of international networks of collaborative research
  • Be a showcase for equality in science, offering free access to all, regardless of location or background — from a student in Burundi to an engineer in New York

The mission of the Humans in Space Program is to create a unique, open-access reservoir of knowledge in the area of space life science, based on an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach that will promote interaction between world-leading experts, academics and researchers. With education and the global dissemination of research at its core, the program will be an ambitious collection of experts, high-quality literature and lectures.  

Within the first 5 years, the program will:

  • Publish 100 open access books in the area of space life science
  • Create a Library of Knowledge with over 1,200 chapters written by international world-leading scientists and academics
  • Hold a series of 50 public lectures by prominent space researchers, which will be made available in real-time and recorded for permanent, free online access
  • Host a network of 2,500 of the best space life science experts, to foster global collaboration and promote education to young researchers and the future space generation

Drawing from the extensive network of space scientists, academics, researchers, collaborators and mentors associated with its partners, the program will lay the foundations for a web of knowledge that will grow and nurture future generations of scientists, engineers, thought leaders and explorers.