Grappling with Gravity

How Will Life Adapt to Living in Space?

  • Robert W. Phillips

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Space Here We Come

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  3. Life in Space

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      Pages 95-95
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  4. Preparing for the Future

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      Pages 183-183
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-271

About this book


Grappling with Gravity explores the physiological changes that will occur in humans and the plants and animals that accompany humans as we move to new worlds, whether it be to a colony in the emptiness of space or settlements on the moon, Mars, or other moons or planets.

This book focuses on the biomedical aspects, while not ignoring other life-changing influences of space living. For example, what happens to people physiologically in the microgravity of space, where weight and the direction "up" are meaningless?

Adapting to microgravity represents the greatest physical challenge that human life will have encountered since our ancestors moved from the seas to solid Earth. It will be the next great adventure!


Bone growth space Effects microgravity humans Effects spaceflight Human evolution space Living in space colonies

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert W. Phillips
    • 1
  1. 1.Fort CollinsUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-6898-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-6899-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
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