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Deep Space Gateway Science OpportunitiesThe NASA Life Sciences Research Capabilities Team (LSRCT) has been discussing deep space research needs for the last two years. NASA's programs conducting life sciences studies - the Human Research Program, Space Biology, Astrobiology, and Planetary Protection - see the Deep Space Gateway (DSG) as affording enormous opportunities to investigate biological organisms in a unique environment that cannot be replicated in Earth-based laboratories or on Low Earth Orbit science platforms. These investigations may provide in many cases the definitive answers to risks associated with exploration and living outside Earth's protective magnetic field. Unlike Low Earth Orbit or terrestrial locations, the Gateway location will be subjected to the true deep space spectrum and influence of both galactic cosmic and solar particle radiation and thus presents an opportunity to investigate their long-term exposure effects. The question of how a community of biological organisms change over time within the harsh environment of space flight outside of the magnetic field protection can be investigated. The biological response to the absence of Earth's geomagnetic field can be studied for the first time. Will organisms change in new and unique ways under these new conditions? This may be specifically true on investigations of microbial communities. The Gateway provides a platform for microbiology experiments both inside, to improve understanding of interactions between microbes and human habitats, and outside, to improve understanding of microbe-hardware interactions exposed to the space environment.
Document ID
20180001581
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Quincy, C. D. (NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Charles, J. B. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Hamill, Doris (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Sidney, S. C. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
March 2, 2018
Publication Date
February 27, 2018
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
Report/Patent Number
KSC-E-DAA-TN50283
Meeting Information
Deep Space Gateway Science Workshop(Denver, CO)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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