Under the Contract, UTMB physicians provide services to Wyle and NASA including monitoring, safety oversight, and medical care for NASA astronauts, families, and staff at The Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Baikonur Cosmodrome and other related facilities.
Physicians that support in Russia serve as ISS increment Deputy Crew Surgeons and are certified to work in the Mission Control Center in Houston and Korolev. They also support NASA at launch, landing and during training. UTMB/KBR physicians are also
provided to support the Medical Informatics and Health Care Systems Section and the Human Adaptation and Countermeasures Office.
Exploration Medical Capability
The Exploration Medical Capability Element of the NASA Human Research Program is charged with reducing the risk of the “inability to adequately recognize or treat an ill or injured crew member.” Physician element scientists seek to address
identified gaps in knowledge or technology to ensure that the desired medical capabilities will be available for exploration missions.