Bioastronautics: Definition and Scope

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Bioastronautics is the intersection of space science and technology with biology and human factors. It encompasses both human and nonhuman space life science, including astronaut performance, protection, and life support as well as the effect of space on biological processes.


Life support Atmospheres Biomechanics Physiology Human factors Space medicine Astronauts Weightlessness Radiation Extra-terrestrial Planetary protection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Apollo ProgramCambridgeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Laurence R. Young
    • 1
  • Jeffrey P. Sutton
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES)Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and AstronauticsCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Center for Space MedicineBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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