A century has passed since Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica. In the intervening hundred years we have redefined the way we explore and how we see our survival. Our exploration of the physical world has run in parallel with advances in our understanding of the human body through the study of physiology and medicine. Together these have allowed us to extend across the globe, beyond our deepest oceans and highest mountain peaks; on into the endless frontier of space.
In ten short decades we have taken much of what was once routinely fatal and made it survivable. Life has never been longer lived, never safer. With the space shuttle in retirement we must ask ourselves if human exploration has reached its limits, what the exploration of the past century has taught us and how we might continue To Boldly Go?
Dr Kevin Fong is a doctor of medicine with a special interest in human space exploration and extreme environment physiology. He holds degrees in medicine, astrophysics and engineering, and is an honorary senior lecturer in physiology at University College London Kevin currently works as a consultant anaesthetist at University College London Hospital, is founder and associate director of the Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme environment medicine and a broadcaster. His programmes include the two-part series To Boldly Go (BBC 2, 2012) and Space Shuttle: The Final Mission (BBC 2, 2011) which he both wrote and presented. He has also fronted two Horizon documentaries and a successful four part series - Extreme A&E – for Channel 4 in 2012.
Join Dr Fong as he discusses human exploration and survival in extreme environments!