Construction of the international space station, scheduled to start in late 1998, ushers in a new era for laboratory sciences in space. This is especially true for space life sciences, which include not only the use of low gravity as an experimental parameter to study fundamental biological processes but also the study of the serious physiological changes that occur in astronauts as they remain in space for increasingly longer missions.
This book addresses both of these aspects and provides a comprehensive review of ground-based and space research in eleven disciplines, ranging from bone physiology to plant biology. It also offers detailed, prioritized recommendations for research during the next decade, which are expected to have a considerable impact on the direction of NASA's research program. The volume is also a valuable reference tool for space and life scientists.
Table of Contents
|2 Cell Biology||29-36|
|3 Developmental Biology||37-48|
|4 Plants, Gravity, and Space||49-62|
|5 Sensorimotor Integration||63-79|
|6 Bone Physiology||80-96|
|7 Skeletal Muscle||97-117|
|8 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems||118-131|
|11 Radiation Hazards||171-193|
|12 Behavioral Issues||194-230|
|13 Setting Priorities in Research||231-236|
|14 Programmatic and Policy Issues||237-250|
|Appendix A: Acronyms and Abbreviations||251-252|
|Appendix B: Glossary||253-265|
|Appendix C: Workshops||266-271|
|Appendix D: Committee Biographies||272-276|
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