Proceedings of RAS Human Spaceflight Meeting
On December 10 last year the RAS held a Discussion Meeting on "The
Scientific Case for Human Space Exploration"
(http://www.star.ucl.ac.uk/~iac/RAS_space_meeting.html) which initiated
the Society's independent review of the whole question of human spaceflight. The commission, chaired by Professor Frank Close, published its findings in October (see
images/stories/ras_pdfs/Final%20Report%20October%202005.pdf), and extensively referenced papers presented at this meeting.
The table of contents of the Special Issue is as follows (the total number of pages is 120):
Dr Kevin Fong (UCL): "Human Spaceflight in the UK: The Cost of Non-Participation"
Prof. Mike Rennie (Nottingham) and Prof. Marco Narici (MMU) "The Case for Support of Manned Spaceflight as a Platform for Research on Sarcopenia and Osteopenia"
Mr Bernhard Hufenbach and Dr Gunther Seibert (ESA) "Human spaceflight:
Achievements, Benefits and Future Opportunities from a European Perspective"
Dr Paul Spudis (Johns Hopkins/APL): "The Moon and the New US Vision for Space Exploration"
Dr Jim Garvin (NASA Chief Scientist): "The Science behind the Vision for
U.S. Space Exploration: the Value of a Human/Robotic Partnership"
Professor Charles Cockell (BAS/Open University): "The Value of Humans in
the Biological Exploration of Space"
Dr Ian Crawford (Birkbeck): "Towards an Integrated Scientific and Social
Case for Human Space Exploration"
Dr Dean Talboys et al. (Leicester): "Instrumentation for Geological Fieldwork on the Moon"
Dr C. Cougnet et al. (EADS Astrium): "Radiation Exposure and Mission Strategies for Interplanetary Manned Missions"