Advances in Space Biology and Medicine

Space biology and medicine is a relatively young field concerned with the study of the effects of the space environment (low gravity and radiation) on living or...ganisms. Its beginnings may be set in the 1960's with the start of manned orbital flight. Until then animals were only used in ballistic flights (1948-1957) and early orbital missions (1957-1961) to ascertain the feasibility and safety of manned space travel.After the first manned spaceflight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961, the physiological effects of orbital flight, and particularly of long-duration space missions, began to be studied in more depth and more systematically. Human studies were conducted by the Unites States on the Mercuri, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Shuttle missions. Animal studies were conducted on some of these manned flights and also on the unmanned Cosmos and Biosatellite voyages. While the more obvious effects of the space environment on humans and animals have been well documented in the last 30 years, much remains to be learned about their mechanisms and about possible countermeasures to these effects. In addition to the applied side of space biology and medicine, there are the fundamental questions of the role of gravity in the evolution, development, and reproduction of life on Earth - questions that can only be studied with the aid of space experiments. There is also emerging some potential usefulness of the low-gravity environment for cell separation and protein crystallisation. View full descriptionHide full description

Latest volumes

10. Experimentation with Animal Models in Space
Edited by Gerald Sonnenfeld
Hardbound, 334 Pages
Published: June 2005
ISBN 13: 978-0-444-51907-8

Cell Biology and Biotechnology in Space
Edited By Augusto Cogoli
Hardbound, 262 pages
Published: November 2002
ISBN 13: 978-0-444-50735-8

9. Developmental Biology Research in Space
Series Editor: H. Marthy
Hardbound, 296 Pages
Published: July 2003
ISBN 13: 978-0-444-51353-3

Advances in Space Biology and Medicine, Volume 2
Edited By S.L. Bonting
Hardbound
Published: September 1993
ISBN 13: 978-1-55938-409-4

Other volumes

7. Advances in Space Biology and Medicine, Volume 7
Edited by S.L. Bonting
Hardbound, 250 Pages
Published: December 1999
ISBN 13: 978-0-7623-0393-9

European Isolation and Confinement Study
Edited By S.L. Bonting
Hardbound
Published: February 1994
ISBN 13: 978-1-55938-410-0

4. Advances in Space Biology and Medicine, Volume 4
Edited by S.L. Bonting
Hardbound
Published: March 1995
ISBN 13: 978-1-55938-411-7

Advances in Space Biology and Medicine, Volume 5
Edited By S.L. Bonting
Hardbound
Published: May 1996
ISBN 13: 978-1-55938-970-9

Advances in Space Biology and Medicine, Volume 6
Edited By S.L. Bonting
Hardbound
Published: March 1997
ISBN 13: 978-0-7623-0147-8

1. Advances in Space Biology and Medicine, Volume 1
Edited by S.L. Bonting
Hardbound
Published: July 1991
ISBN 13: 978-1-55938-296-0