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NASA honours Heidelberg Engineering

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Jeff Megahan

Lead scientists of NASA’s Vision impairment and Intracranial Pressure (VIIP) project have presented Heidelberg Engineering with the NASA Certificate of Appreciation. During the ceremony in February, Heidelberg Engineering was recongnised for placing a Spectralis OCT system on the International Space Station (ISS).

The NASA guests described the physiological challenges encountered with long-duration space flight and the research underway to understand and ultimately address these issues. A big part of this research is evaluating changes in ocular structures with the Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis system.

The Spectralis, installed on the space station in June 2013, is the same Spectralis technology available to eye-care practitioners for terrestrial use. Since initiation of this program, ISS astronauts have been receiving baseline Spectralis examinations before flight and routine Spectralis examinations throughout their space station deployments.

E22 Spectralis On Board The International Space Station

Spectralis on board the International Space Station. Photo: NASA



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