Living in Space Readings and References



Artificial Gravity and the Architecture of Orbital Habitats
Description: A brief article discussing the role of artificial gravity in designing orbital habitats in space. (Posted on 05/04)

Bibliography/Reading List
Description: This reading list and bibliography provides numerous citations for sources that can give further information on living in space. (Posted on 10/00)

Consequences of Contamination of the Spacecraft Environment: Immunologic Consequences
Description: This article, published by ASGSB, discusses the spaceflight-induced weakening of the human immune system and how it has been studied and modeled on Earth. (Posted on 11/03)

Crew Size, Composition, and Time: Implications for Exploration Design
Description: This report presents the results of a pilot study that investigated how crew characteristics, mission duration, and mission interval affect behavior and performance of crews in extreme environments such as space missions and polar expeditions. (Posted on 05/04)

Food for Space Flight
Descripiton: This short paper explains how food is packaged for space. (Posted on 10/00)

Isolation: NASA Experiments in Closed-Environment Living
Descripiton: This report provides a description and history of four closed-chamber tests conducted at Johnson Space Center between 1995 and 1997, which involved a well-trained team who lived and worked in an enclosed limited volume, or chamber, as an analogue environment for long-duration missions. (Posted on 5/04)

Psychosocial Issues in Long-Term Space Flight: Overview
Description: This article, published by ASGSB, discusses the effects of long-duration spaceflight on individual psychology and on interpersonal relationships, as well as the psychosocial implications of the different values and management practices of various organizations involved in space exploration. (Posted on 11/03)

Psychosocial Issues in Space: Future Challenges
Description: This article, published by ASGSB, describes how the psychosocial effects of long-term spaceflight are studied on Earth, and various countermeasures to the psychological stresses of space travel. (Posted on 11/03)

The Relevence of Previous Expeditions to Future Space Exploration
Description: Many lessons were learned during the polar expeditions of the late 19th century. This article gives a history of polar exploration, an analysis of the lessons learned, and then explains how they can be applied to future space exploration missions. (Posted on 10/00)

Sex, Space and Environmental Adaptation Workshop Report
Description: To address issues relating to sex-based differences in fundamental biology and biomedical science, NASA and other government agencies and academic institutions participated in a national workshop. The resulting findings and recommendations for research priorities for sex-based differences in six areas of biology are detailed in this report. (Posted on 5/04)


Ames Psychophysiological Research Facility
The Ames Psychophysiological Research Facility focuses on the effect of gravity (and microgravity) on human physiology and performance. The facility also deals with education and the transfer of NASA technology to Earth-bound applications.

The Educational Space Simulations Project
This project is affiliated with the National Association of Space Simulating Educators (NASSE). The purpose of this site is to promote the development of education via simulation. Although the primary focus of this site is space simulations, the concept of education via simulation is applicable to a wide range of disciplines.

Living in Space
This section of the Human Space Flight site profiles articles, videos, and links about food, clothing, work, fun, and sleep in space.

Living And Working on the Space Shuttle
This Web page gives information about life aboard the Space Shuttle during a mission. Topics include hygiene, sleeping, food, science, exercise, and spacewalks.

Selection and Training of Astronauts
This site describes the astronaut candidate program in detail. NASA accepts applications from qualified individuals, from both civilian and military walks of life, on a continuing basis, selecting candidates as needed for the rigorous, one-year training program directed by JSC (Johnson Space Center - Houston). Upon completing the course, successful candidates become regular members of the astronaut corps. Usually they are eligible for a flight assignment about one year after completing the basic training program.

Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments
This organization provides a forum for specialists in the area of human performance and behavior in complex, high sress technological systems and environments.

The Space Educators' Handbook
The 2,000 files contained on this Web site are from The Multimedia Space Educators' Handbook. CD ROM versions are available.

Suited for Spacewalking Teacher's Guide
While the activities are designed for younger students, the readings in this Teacher's Guide proide useful background on spacesuits, spacewalking, and working in space.