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Will Circardian Light in Space Help Astronauts Sleep better?

The European Space Agency, ESA and the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, UFM have given the young architects from SAGA Space Architects the opportunity to test their Circadian Light panels onboard the international Space Station, ISS during Andreas Mogensen’s Huginn mission

Sleeping quarters imitation. Photo SAGA Space Architects
Sleeping quarters imitation. Photo SAGA Space Architects

Sleep is one of the significant problems facing astronauts on board ISS and ultimately humans settling on the Moon and Mars. One of the actors working on solving this problem is the Danish architecture studio SAGA Space Architects.

Scheduled for the summer of this year, the Circadian Light Panel will be loaded onto the cargo bay of a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. The destination is ISS.

Here, ESA astronaut and Crew-7 Pilot Andreas Mogensen will test the lighting system on the HUGINN Mission, his planned six-month stay onboard the ISS, to evaluate how well the system can combat the challenging sleep environment the space station offers.

ESA and UFM selected the SAGA Circardian Light project for the Huginn mission in June 2022. Since then SAGA Space Architects have been working closely together with ESA in order to ensure that the technical specifications of their Circardian Light panel will fit with the strict security and technical requirements onboard ISS where astronauts live and work.


Cecilie Tornøe
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Email: ct@ufm.dk
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