About the book
Over the past six decades we have learned a great deal about the human health consequences of space travel and exploration. The need to gather and interpret this knowledge launched a whole new field in medicine: space medicine.
Space medicine continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Though the International Space Station has provided a wealth of information on human health during and after long-duration stays in microgravity, and simulation studies with humans and animals have helped to shed light on the mechanisms associated with observed physiological effects, much remains to be learned before humans will be ready for true deep space exploration or to colonize the moon. This volume gathers cutting-edge research from leading experts in the field of space medicine, with an eye toward understanding health effects and developing countermeasures to overcome or adapt to them.