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Reproduction in the space environment: Part I. Animal reproductive studiesMankind's exploration and colonization of the frontier of space will ultimately depend on men's and women's ability to live, work, and reproduce in the space environment. This paper reviews animal studies, from microorganisms to mammals, done in space or under space-simulated conditions, which identify some of the key areas which might interfere with human reproductive physiology and/or embryonic development. Those space environmental factors which impacted almost all species included: microgravity, artificial gravity, radiation, and closed life support systems. These factors may act independently and in combination to produce their effects. To date, there have been no studies which have looked at the entire process of reproduction in any animal species. This type of investigation will be critical in understanding and preventing the problems which will affect human reproduction. Part II will discuss these problems directly as they relate to human physiology.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Santy, P. A.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX United States)
Jennings, R. T.
Craigie, D.
Date Acquired
August 22, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1990
Publication Information
Publication: Obstetrical & gynecological survey
Volume: 45
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0029-7828
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
Distribution Limits
Review, Tutorial
NASA Discipline General Space Life Sciences

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