Operational medicine

MEDES provides support for the activities of the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) and participates in the medical monitoring of astronauts during spaceflights, especially when they are on board the International Space Station (ISS).


MEDES also contributes to safety studies for the missions in which European astronauts participate.

A doctor and a safety engineer are seconded to the EAC by MEDES for this purpose.


The European Astronaut Centre (EAC) is based in Cologne, Germany, and is the primary ESA site for the training, management and medical activities involving astronauts. The ESA MedOps team at the EAC is responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of the European astronauts.

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