This Task Book is an online database of research projects supported by NASA's Biological & Physical Sciences (BPS) Division and Human Research Program. Beginning in October 2017, the Task Book has included projects within the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH). The Task Book database also covers BPS projects in the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) from October 2020 to the present. Completed investigations under the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) may also be found in the Task Book.
Visitors to the NASA Task Book can view project descriptions, annual progress, final reports, and bibliographical listings of publications resulting from NASA-funded studies in Space Biology, Physical Sciences, and Human Research. Visitors can also learn about the potential impact of these studies and the anticipated benefits that such research could offer to Earth.
This study will determine the impact of radiation, atmospheric composition, and rock substrate on plant growth in a space rock garden experiment. Courtesy image submitted to Task Book.
The novel 26 element receive detector provides higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) than a standard 12 element MRI coil. Increased SNR allows i) imaging of individual trabeculae to be possible with MR and ii) generation of Bone Volume Fractions maps for microarchitectural and bone strength parameters...
This study will examine how caffeine consumption influences crewmembers sleep and performance during International Space Station (ISS) missions. Photo credit: www.nasa.gov. Courtesy image submitted to Task Book.
We are determining the impact of space radiation and simulated microgravity on plant root microbial community composition and function. Space radiation may result in shifts in the diversity of the microbial community within the rhizosphere, preventing normal microbial function, and potentially promo...