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Proceedings of RAS Human Spaceflight Meeting

Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2010 15:36
Published on Thursday, 24 November 2005 00:00
The Proceedings of the RAS Human Spaceflight Meeting, held on 10 December 2004, will shortly be available.

On December 10 last year the RAS held a Discussion Meeting on "The
Scientific Case for Human Space Exploration"
( 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 proceedings will shortly be published by Springer in a Special Issue of the journal Earth, Moon and Planets, probably in December. Springer have kindly agreed to make printed copies available at a special pre-publication price of 14.5 euros each (0.12 euro/page) for orders placed before the end of this month. Colleagues wishing to avail themselves of this offer should email Ian Crawford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by 30 November so that the requisite number of extra copies can be printed.

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"