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Living in Space
Section A: Basic Research into
Community & Industry Development in Space


The space life pages deal with just about anything concerning life in space. Ranges from searches for bacteria in meterorites to plans for human space colonies.

Section 1 deals with the basic scientific and technology research on how to live in space. The page also provides links to resources concerning the possibilities of bacterial life in space.

Section 2 provides resources about the Moon and the planets, especially Mars, and how they might sustain human colonies.

Section 3 deals with creating large scale habitats and industries for large numbers of people.


Microgravity Research

More about crystallization in microgravity: One occasionally hears dismissive comments towards microgravity research, especially related to the growing of protein crystals in space. Large crystals are essential for determining the structure and components of important biological molecules like proteins and they are difficult to make.

In fact, for a number of proteins the largest crystals ever created came from space experiments. For example,

..."Borgstahl and Snell got their first taste of success on the STS-95 Space Shuttle mission in October 1998 when U.S. Sen. John Glenn of Ohio helped grow crystals of insulin in microgravity for the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, New York. Snell and Borgstahl analyzed the quality of the insulin crystals. They found the space-grown crystals were 34 times larger than those grown on the ground. (Acta Crystallographic, 2001, D57, 254-259)"... - Researcher studies how good cells turn bad - MSFC PR - May.2.02

While the experiments so far have not resulted in any great breakthroughs, the results validate the assertion that microgravity does in fact assist in making these complex, fragile crystals. The brief, infrequent trips on the shuttle have prevented the kind of long term intensive research like that carried out in earth bound laboratories.

When full 6 member crews can occupy the ISS, we can expect to see this technique fully investigated. This should start in 2010.

See the entry Space Crystals Projects in the Space Science section for information about a program that allows students to create crystal experiments for the space station.

How to live in Space

Richard Garriott talks space toilets - SpacePod/Spacevidcast - May.31.10

Spacesuits

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The Art of C. Sergent Lindsey
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