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Fundamentals of Space Biology: Research on Cells, Animals, and Plants in Space (Paperback) by Gilles Clement (Editor), Klaus Slenzka (Series Editor)

This book is intended as an overview at an undergraduate or early university level and describes the effects of spaceflight at cellular and organism levels. Past, current, and future research on the effects of gravity - or its absence - and ionizing radiation on the evolution, development, and function of living organisms is presented in layman's terms by researchers who have been active in this field. The purpose is to enlighten science and non-science readers to the benefits of space biology research for conducting basic and applied research to support human exploration of space and to take advantage of the space environment as a laboratory for scientific, technological, and commercial research.

The first chapters present an overview of the major focuses of space research in biology, as well as the history and the list of animals and plants that have flown in space to date. The following chapters describe the main results of space studies in gravitational biology, developmental biology, radiation biology, and biotechnology. A background is given in each chapter, so that a minimum of prior coursework in biology is necessary for full comprehension. Each chapter also includes perspectives for future research and a list of references.

Animals in Space: From Research Rockets to the Space Shuttle

Animals in Space: From Research Rockets to the Space Shuttle by Colin Burgess (Author), Chris Dubbs (Author) (January 2008)

Many readers will doubtless be astonished to learn that animals were being fired aloft in U.S. and Soviet research rockets in the late 1940s. Laika, the Russian space dog was the first canine to be launched into space, but also that the high-profile, precursory Mercury flights of chimps Ham and Enos were the only primate flights conducted by the United States. In fact, both countries had sent literally dozens of animals aloft for many years prior to these events and continued to do so for many years after. Other latter-day space nations, such as France and China, would also begin to use animals in their own space research. Animals in Space will explain why dogs, primates, mice and other rodents were chosen and tested, at a time when dedicated scientists from both space nations were determined to establish the survivability of human subjects on both ballistic and orbital space flights.

From Laika With Love (Paperback) by Duane Graveline (Author), Fred Kelly (Contributor) (May 2008)

This book reveals the extraordinary life and achievements of Duane Graveline, MD, MPH. In 1957, while Graveline was studying at Johns Hopkins University, the Soviet Union followed up their stunning earlier achievement of launching the first satellite into space by sending an instrumented research dog named Laika into orbit aboard Sputnik 2.

Becoming a flight surgeon and conducting space medical research was almost an inevitable career path for this young doctor with stars in his eyes and he soon found himself in our super-secret Foreign Technology Division as an analyst for Soviet Bioastronautics.

During this time he was the flight surgeon who not only reviewed Laika's biotelemetry, but later that of cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov. His analysis team broke out the secret bio-data monitor that enabled the entire NASA tracking network to monitor the cosmonauts on Voskhod 2, at a time when the Soviets had amassed 292 manned orbits to our 31.

Laika (Paperback) by Nick Abadzis (Author) (September 2007)

Classic dog-story themes such as loyalty serve as a backdrop for this fictionalized account of Laika, the first living creature launched into outer space. A charming and scruffy little dog, Laika survives an uncaring master and life as a stray before becoming part of the Russian space program circa 1956, just as the Soviet Union had achieved a huge victory over American competition. With a stilted romanticism that doesn't fit the story's tone, Laika is established as "a very special dog," but soon the focus of the complex tale turns away from the dog to Yelena Dubrovsky, the trainer responsible for preparing Laika and the other dogs for the rigors of testing. Through Dubrovsky, the progress of the program and the incredible pressure on the scientists are given effective form. The rough-hewn art, similar to the Joann Sfar's work on the Dungeon books, makes the characters appear constantly nervous and uncertain, lending immediacy to the all-pervasive atmosphere of strict formality and enforced patriotism. An extensive bibliography of sources is appended. Karp, Jesse.

Dogs in Space (Paperback) by Nancy Coffelt

For Ages 4-8

Dogs in Space is a picture-book fantasy that mixes basic astronomical facts with toy like dogs who are conveniently outfitted with rocket packs. It is likely to amuse and possibly confuse children just learning about our universe. But help lies at the end of the book where three pages of information on the planets provide adults with ready answers to children's questions.

Ages 9-12

Space Dogs: Pioneers of Space Travel (Paperback) by Chris Dubbs  (March 2003)

Back when scientists knew nothing about space travel, back when rockets were new, a group of Russian cosmonauts rode rockets to the edge of space and into earth orbit. These pioneer space travelers were dogs, space dogs of the Soviet space program. For 15 years, space dogs occupied the world stage, blazing trails as the first astronauts. Their flights taught scientists how living beings reacted to rocket travel and tested the equipment that would be used for human space flight. The age of the space dog extended from the first launch in 1951 until the final, record-breaking dog flight in 1966. Some dogs won world-wide fame. Most of them, however, worked and died in obscurity. They were all pioneers of space travel. And no one has ever told their story. Until now. Space Dogs dramatizes the training of the dogs, the harrowing early flights, the tragic accidents, the fame that came to the program after the launch of Laika in Sputnik 2, and the final flights leading up to the first manned flight. Space Dogs includes never-before-published photos from the archives of Novosti, the Russian News Agency.

Space Dogs and Space Monkeys

A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey: 1957 - The Space Race Begins by Michael D'Antonio (September 2007)

The Soviet Union captured the world's attention in November 1957 when it shot a shaggy little mutt named Laika into space on Sputnik II, which followed closely after Sputnik I, the first satellite ever launched. A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey tells the remarkable story of America's first efforts to succeed in space, a time of exploding rockets, national space mania, Florida boomtowns and interservice rivalries so fierce that President Dwight Eisenhower had to referee them.

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