Name: Michael Barratt, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine & NASA Astronaut
Location: Johnson Space Center: Houston, TX
The opening you just heard was the actual footage of STS- 133, the final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, and the second to last launch of the US space shuttle program. One of the astronauts aboard that day was Dr. Michael Barratt: A career astronaut, a physician by training and today’s guest on the podcast.
I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we were to do this interview. NASA gets literally thousands of requests every year for astronaut interviews, speaking engagements and visits. They can only accept so many. Thanks to the growing popularity of our podcast, and to all of you who are listening, we’re now getting more opportunities like this to speak with some really unique and incredible people. Put yourself in our shoes for a minute. Michael Barratt someone who’s been to space twice, lived on the International Space Station for 200 hundred days, conducted two space walks (EVA’s), he’s one of the world’s experts in space and aviation medicine, and we got to sit down with him for over an hour and ask him anything we wanted. It was a rare and unforgettable privilege and we want to thank all of you out there for making it possible.
With that said, let’s get started…
Links and Resources:
STS-133 Discovery – Launch Replays – Houston’s Mission Control
STS-133 Launch Discovery HD
NASA Human Research Program
Eye Sight Complications:
The Real Dr. McCoy:
Immune System Dysregulation During Spaceflight: Potential Countermeasures for Deep Space Exploration Missions.
Circadian challenge of astronauts’ unconscious mind adapting to microgravity in space, estimated by heart rate variability.
In-flight medical incidents in the NASA-Mir program.
Comments on medical qualification of space tourists.