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Into Space

A Journey of How Humans Adapt and Live in Microgravity

Edited by Thais Russomano

King's College London


Our anatomy and physiology have been completely shaped by Earth's gravity. All body systems function in synergy with this unseen force. Yet, as we journey further and longer into space, our bodies must conform to a new reality, wherein gravity is absent or reduced, cosmic radiation threatens and our social and familial connections become distant. Into Space: A Journey of How Humans Adapt and Live in Microgravity gives an overview of some of the physiological, anatomical and cellular changes that occur in space and their effects on different body systems, such as the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal, and touches on cultural and psychosocial aspects of leaving behind family and the safety of Earth. It further addresses the complexity of manned space flights, showing how interdisciplinary this subject is and discussing the challenges that space physiologists, physicians and scientists must face as humans seek to conquer the final frontier.

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Into SpaceA Journey of How Humans Adapt and Live in MicrogravityEdited by Thais Russomano

Published: May 30th 2018

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.70684

ISBN: 978-1-78923-221-9

Print ISBN: 978-1-78923-220-2

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1-83881-473-1

Copyright year: 2018

Books open for chapter submissions

11466 Total Chapter Downloads

10 Crossref Citations

10 Web of Science Citations

17 Dimensions Citations


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1. Reimagining Icarus: Ethics, Law and Policy Considerations for Commercial Human Spaceflight

By Sara M. Langston


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2. Basic Methodology for Space Ethics

By Tony Milligan


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3. From the Individual to the Cultural Space Group

By Carole Tafforin


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4. Acute and Chronic Effects of Hypobaric Exposure upon the Brain

By Paul Sherman and John Sladky


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5. Spaceflight Induced Changes in the Central Nervous System

By Alex P. Michael


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6. The Effect of Gravity on the Nervous System

By Florian P.M. Kohn, Claudia Koch and Ramona Ritzmann


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7. Spaceflight: Immune Effects and Nutritional Countermeasure

By Anil D Kulkarni, Marie-Francoise Doursout, Asmita Kulkarni, Alamelu Sundaresan, Takehito Miura, Koji Wakame and Hajime Fujii


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8. Countermeasure Development for Lumbopelvic Deconditioning in Space

By Andrew Winnard, Dorothee Debuse and Nick Caplan


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9. Tumor Cells in Microgravity

By Jun Chen


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10. Plants in Space

By Bratislav Stankovic


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11. Approaches to Assess the Suitability of Zooplankton for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems

By Miriam Knie, Bernard Wolfschoon Ribeiro, Jessica Fischer, Burkhard Schmitz, Kay Van Damme, Ruth Hemmersbach, Donat-P. Häder and Christian Laforsch


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12. Are We Alone? The Search for Life on Mars and Other Planetary Bodies

By Stephanie A. Smith, Andrzej Paszczynski and Susan E. Childers


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13. Exploring the Stratosphere: What We Missed by Shooting for the Moon

By Laura Galdamez


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14. The Mortality of Space Explorers

By Robert J. Reynolds and Steven M. Day


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