How NASA uses telemedicine to care for astronauts in space

Telemedicine is a key component of medical care in space. While doctors have always communicated with the crews of short space missions, largely to guide them through acute spaceflight-specific health issues, today’s long-duration and exploration missions require space medicine to fulfill a much wider-ranging mandate and extend beyond minor illness and urgent care. Telemedicine enables preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic care during many months in space.

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