Fundamentals of Space Biology [electronic resource] : Research on Cells, Animals, and Plants in Space / edited by Gilles Clément, Klaus Slenzka.Material type: TextLanguage: English Series: THE SPACE TECHNOLOGY LIBRARY: 18Publisher: New York, NY : Springer New York, 2006Description: XIX, 375 p. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780387379401Subject(s): Engineering | Cytology | Astrophysics | Astrobiology | Engineering | Space Exploration and Astronautics | Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences | Astrobiology | Cell BiologyAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 629.1 LOC classification: TL787-4050.22Online resources: Click here to access online
to Space Biology -- Animals and Plants in Space -- Facilities for Gravitational Biology -- Cell Biology -- Animal Development in Microgravity -- Plant Development in Microgravity -- Radiation Biology -- Biotechnology in Space.
This book is intended as an overview at the undergraduate or early university level and describes the effects of spaceflight at cellular and organism levels. Past, current, and future research on the effects of gravity--or its absence--and ionizing radiation on the evolution, development, and function of living organisms is presented in layman's terms by researchers who have been active in this field. The purpose is to enlighten science and non-science readers to the benefits of space biology research for conducting basic and applied research to support human exploration of space. Also covered are the advantages of approaching the space environment as a laboratory for scientific, technological, and commercial research. The first chapters present an overview of the major focuses of space research in biology, as well as the history and the list of animals and plants that have flown in space to date. The following chapters describe the main results of space studies in gravitational biology, developmental biology, radiation biology, and biotechnology. A brief background is given in each chapter, so that only a minimum of prior coursework in biology is necessary for full comprehension.