• NASA’s current research program and the extent of its congruence with recommendations of the Strategy report;

  • Programmatic balance:

    • The balance between subdiscipline areas emphasized in the current program,

    • The balance between ground and flight investigations, and

    • The emphasis given to fundamental mechanisms;

  • Utilization and validation of animal models;

  • Development and validation of countermeasures;

  • Epidemiology and monitoring; and

  • Support of advanced technologies.

The report then describes the extent to which the current program addresses the recommendations of the Strategy report for the highest-priority research to address critical questions relating to the physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight. A final chapter discusses continuing programmatic and policy concerns relating to strategic planning, conduct of space-based biomedical research and utilization of the International Space Station, mechanisms for promoting integrated and interdisciplinary research, and the collection and utilization of human flight data for research purposes. In addition, the committee discusses issues having to do with countermeasure testing and validation and the role of the Space Life Sciences Directorate in human research that came to the committee’s attention during the course of the present study.


National Research Council (NRC), Space Studies Board. 1998. A Strategy for Research in Space Biology and Medicine in the New Century. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

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