Human beings have been planning for expeditions to the plan planet of Mars for decades now. Many renowned searchers of the world, like Dr. Curtis Cripe are striving to make this possible. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the key institute of the world that is tasked with the tasks of research and probe into the deep space. As of now, exploration of Mars is one of the most major aspects NASA is focusing on. As multiple space agencies of the world are aiming to gear up for the purpose of travelling to the moon, as well as to further afield to Mars, the major concerns when it comes to of deep space exploration remains the safety of the astronauts and explorers.
Dr. Curtis Cripe, along with a host of other researchers and scientists is now working towards developing and designing means and techniques that focuses on keeping the men and women travelling to mars not only optimally safe, but also ensuring the maintenance of their healthy in mind and body.
As of now, the researches relating to spaceflight tend to suggest that 3D perception, self- regulatory changes, movement control and cognition can be affected negatively by certain changes of micro activity in case of space travel. In addition to this, pre-and post-flight MRI studies tend to highlight any type of considerable gray matter reductions in major brain structures. These brain structures ideally are renowned for supporting ideal cognitive performance and mental health. This area of the brain ideally tends to comprise of prefrontal cortex, insula and hippocampus. Even till now how the brain tends to adapt to the structural gray matter loss needed to maintain the balance of stable cognitive performance has not yet been studied.
Dr Curtis Cripe ideally underlines how the brain indices study will largely focus on determining any kind of possible neuroadaptive brain changes, as well as understanding its stability in any kind of microgravity environment. This factor can generally be achieved by putting an emphasis on short/long-duration spaceflight effects on the various important neuroelectric brain markers. Crucial brain network hubs, as well as its interconnected networks, tend to be known for regulating neurocognitive skills that would be required fort systematic maintenance of affective, cognitive, and even psychological performance stability.
A significant part of the research made by Dr. Curtis Cripe tends to combine various modern neuroelectric performance markers with certain astronaut head model that have been derived from various MRI/DTI brain images that are focused on investigating investigate network level connectivity changes that might be experienced by astronauts after spending a good amount of time in space. This brain performance indices will subsequently be used for the purpose of indentifying relationships between the neural functional-structural alterations and neurocognitive functions of space explores. This research has been focused on targeting various networks that are considered to be extremely crucial when it comes to maintaining stability within various neurocognitive functions.