Space and Life: An Introduction to Space Biology and Medicine, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Space and Life

An Introduction to Space Biology and Medicine, 1st Edition

By Hubert Planel

CRC Press

192 pages | 12 Color Illus. | 71 B/W Illus.

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Description

Since our first manned space flights we have learned much about how the human body adapts to the space environment and in particular, to the absence of gravity. Today, space research provides a better understanding of our physiological response mechanisms to microgravity.

Space and Life: An Introduction to Space Biology and Medicine describes the results of space research in the context of core concepts in human physiology to depict the effects of both long-term and short-term absence of gravity on the human body. The book explains the scientific basis for the physiological reactions so common to astronauts who experience zero gravity, such as bone calcium loss, puffy faces, and nausea. It includes discussions of cosmic rays, cells, plants, embryonic development, and the origins of life on Earth from a space research standpoint.

Updating the current knowledge about how the human body adapts to the space environment and the absence of gravity, this book is ideal for space research scientists, physiologists, NASA employees, and students involved in space study.

Table of Contents

Manned and Unmanned Missions

Manned Space Flights

An Extreme Environment

Gravity and Weightlessness

Physiological and Biological Effects of Weightlessness in Humans and Animals: The Cardiovascular Sysytem

The Skeletal System and Weightlessness

The Muscular System

The Vestibular Apparatus and Balance System

The Other Effects of Gravity and Weightlessness

Space Cell Biology

The Effects of Gravity and Weightlessness on Plants

Developmental Biology

Cosmic Radiation

Extraterrestrial Life

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED005000
MEDICAL / Anatomy
MED061000
MEDICAL / Occupational & Industrial Medicine
TEC009070
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mechanical