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Space Microbiology

Horneck, Gerda and Klaus, David M. and Mancinelli, Rocco L. (2010) Space Microbiology. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, 74 (1), pp. 121-156. American Society for Microbiology. DOI: 10.1128/MMBR.00016-09. ISSN 1092-2172.

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Abstract

The vast, cold, and radiation-filled conditions of outer space present an environmental challenge for any form of life. Earth’s biosphere has evolved for more than 3 billion years, shielded by the protective blanket of the atmosphere protecting terrestrial life from the hostile environment of outer space. Within the last 50 years, space technology has provided tools for transporting terrestrial life beyond this protective shield in order to study in situ responses to selected conditions of space (reviewed in reference 244 and, recently, references 26, 38, and 186). From a biological perspective applicable to organisms ranging from humans to microbes, the two most influential physical modifications experienced onboard an orbiting spacecraft are the state of near weightlessness created by the vehicle’s free-fall trajectory and the increased radiation exposure incurred as a consequence of being outside Earth’s protective atmosphere. Other environmental factors, such as space vacuum, thermal extremes, solar UV radiation, and the presence of high-velocity micrometeoroids and orbital debris, are mitigated by spacecraft design in order to provide internal conditions conducive to sustaining life. Alternatively, space technology provides the opportunity to expose microorganisms intentionally to the harsh external environment or selected parameters of it.

Document Type:Article
Title:Space Microbiology
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Horneck, GerdaUNSPECIFIED
Klaus, David M. BioServe Space Technologies, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0429
Mancinelli, Rocco L. Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, 515 N. Whisman Rd., Mountain View, California 94043
Date:2010
Journal or Publication Title:Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews
Refereed publication:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:74
DOI:10.1128/MMBR.00016-09
Page Range:pp. 121-156
Publisher:American Society for Microbiology
ISSN:1092-2172
Status:Published
Keywords:Space Microbiology, Space Environment,
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen (old)
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Strahlenbiologie (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Deposited By: Kerstin Kopp
Deposited On:08 Mar 2010 09:25
Last Modified:04 Apr 2013 16:21

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