Life sciences research in space: The requirement for animal modelsUse of animals in NASA space programs is reviewed. Animals are needed because life science experimentation frequently requires long-term controlled exposure to environments, statistical validation, invasive instrumentation or biological tissue sampling, tissue destruction, exposure to dangerous or unknown agents, or sacrifice of the subject. The availability and use of human subjects inflight is complicated by the multiple needs and demands upon crew time. Because only living organisms can sense, integrate and respond to the environment around them, the sole use of tissue culture and computer models is insufficient for understanding the influence of the space environment on intact organisms. Equipment for spaceborne experiments with animals is described.
Fuller, C. A. (California Univ. Davis., United States)
Philips, R. W. (Colorado State Univ. Fort Collins., United States)
Ballard, R. W. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
September 5, 2013
December 1, 1987
Publication: ESA. Porceedings of the 3rd European Symposium on Life Sciences Research in Space