Fundamentals of Space Biology

Research on Cells, Animals, and Plants in Space

  • Gilles Clément
  • Klaus Slenzka

Part of the THE SPACE TECHNOLOGY LIBRARY book series (SPTL, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Gilles Clément
    Pages 1-50
  3. Gilles Clément, Klaus Slenzka
    Pages 51-80
  4. Gilles Clément, Klaus Slenzka
    Pages 81-120
  5. Augusto Cogoli
    Pages 121-170
  6. Eberhard Horn
    Pages 171-226
  7. Gérald Perbal
    Pages 227-290
  8. Gerda Horneck, Christa Baumstark-Khan, Rainer Facius
    Pages 291-336
  9. Gilles Clément, Angie Bukley
    Pages 337-362
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 363-377

About this book


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.


Cells in Space Gravitational Biology Life Sciences in Space Space Biology Space physiology evolution space exploration space technology textbook spaceflight

Editors and affiliations

  • Gilles Clément
    • 1
  • Klaus Slenzka
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculte de Médecine RangueilCentre de Recherche Cerveau et Cognition UMR 5549 CNRS-Université Paul SabatierToulouse Cedex 9France
  2. 2.OHB-System AG, Life ScienceBremenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-33113-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-37940-1
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