NASA Life Sciences Research Goes On Line
Keith L. Cowing
kcowing at aibs.org
Wed Jun 21 00:15:54 EST 1995
NASA LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH GOES ON LINE
Beginning today on the Internet, computer users will be
able to access the first stage of a NASA data archive that
eventually will provide the wealth of scientific knowledge
developed from 30 years of space-based research into the effects
of microgravity on living systems, including the human body.
The Life Sciences Data Archive (LSDA) contains overview
information on the 18 experiments conducted on the Spacelab
Life Sciences-1 mission that flew on board the Shuttle in June
1991. As the system grows and matures, information from other
life sciences research conducted on other missions, such as the
International Microgravity Laboratory flights, Spacelab-Japan
and Spacelab Life Sciences-2, will be included.
"We have a great deal of valuable information in our life
sciences archive," said Gerry Taylor, Project Manager of the
Life Sciences Data Archive and staff scientist in the Life
Sciences Program Integration Office at the Johnson Space Center
(JSC), Houston. "Now, people will be able to learn about the
research we have done and how it has direct applications to
their own quality of life here on Earth."
The information is housed at the National Space Science
Data Center (NSSDC) with active links to a number of other
NASA-related home pages. Internet users can access the
The archives are designed for easy use by researchers,
educators and students. The Master Catalog will serve as a
top-level directory describing each completed life science
space flight, and provide an overview of each experiment
conducted during the flight. Beginning in the Fall of 1995,
users also will be able to order several CD-ROM products from
the NSSDC for more detailed information about a single mission
or single experiment. The Mission CD-ROMs will provide
information about the mission itself; the available LSDA
Experiment CD-ROM will contain fundamental, analyzed and
summarized data for any particular life sciences experiment
conducted on a flight.
"We are very excited about the prospect of sharing this
wealth of knowledge with the American public," Taylor said.
"With the archives available through the Internet, researchers
will be able to stay current with space life science research
and results, and will benefit from having a central location
where they can find this information."
Taylor also stressed that the information available on the
Internet will be valuable to students and educators in
preparing research papers or class lessons, and in proposing
student experiments to NASA.
The Life Sciences Data Archive was developed jointly by the
Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications at
NASA Headquarters; JSC; Ames Research Center, Mountain View,
CA; and Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; with
support from Martin Marietta Services Group, Houston, TX;
Futron Corp. and the Uniformed Services University of Health
Sciences, Bethesda, MD; Lockheed Engineering and Science Group,
Houston, TX and Sunnyvale, CA; Hughes STX, Greenbelt, MD; Mains
Associates, Berkeley, CA; and Universities Space Research
Association, Washington, DC.
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Keith L. Cowing - Manager of Planning and Operations
American Institute of Biological Sciences
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