Spaceflight Metabolism and Nutritional Support

  • Scott M. Smith
  • Helen W. Lane

Adequate nutritional status is critical to maintaining crew health during extended-duration space flight and postflight rehabilitation. Nutrition issues relate to intake of required nutrients, physiological adaptation to microgravity, psychological adaptation to extreme environments, and countermeasures to ameliorate the negative effects of space flight. Our ability to define the nutrient requirements for space flight and to ensure the provision and intake of those nutrients by spaceflight crews is thus critical for crew health and mission success.

Specialized nutritional requirements have only been considered for extended-duration flights—those lasting longer than 30 days. Although adequate nutrition is important on the 1- to 3-week Space Shuttle flights, intake of specific nutrients above or below space-specific requirements for such periods is not thought to be cause for concern. Thus, planning menus for Space Shuttle flights has always used recognized nutritional requirements for adult males and females [1,2]. In this chapter, we will further classify nutritional requirements for long-duration space flight into those for orbital missions, such as on the International Space Station, and those for exploration- class missions.


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  • Scott M. Smith
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  • Helen W. Lane
    • 1
  1. 1.NASA Johnson Space CenterHoustonUSA

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