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Space Life & Physical Sciences Research & Applications Division Task Book

The Space Life & Physical Sciences Research & Applications Division Task Book is an online database of research projects supported by the Space Biology, Physical Sciences, and Human Research Program research areas within the Space Life & Physical Sciences Research & Applications (SLPSRA) Division of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate. Research projects within the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) are also covered, beginning with FY2017 projects. Research projects within the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), all completed by May 2017, are also included. Information includes project descriptions, annual research results, research impacts, and a listing of publications resulting from this NASA-funded research.

Use the search buttons below to search for all Task Book projects from 2004 to the present, or the Archives button to search for projects from 1995-2003.

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Image Dr. Boothby performing research in Antarctica (Courtesy image submitted to Task Book).
Image Dr. Boothby in Antarctica doing some research (Courtesy image submitted to Task Book).
Image A Race for a Space-flight Associated Neuro-ocular Syndrome (SANS) Countermeasure. SANS is optic nerve swelling in a weightless environement. It is a major hurdle to long-haul space travel for concern of damage to astronaut vision. Strict and prolonged head-down tilt bed-rest is a model for cephalad ...
Image In the C4Space project, we are exploring the molecular properties of C4 and C3 photosynthesis under space-travel conditions. The grasses Setaria viridis and Brachypodium distachyon – model plants for C4 and C3 photosynthesis, respectively, will be grown at the International Space Station (ISS) and i...
Image This study investigates three mechanical countermeasures aimed at reversing a headward fluid shift, including lower body negative pressure, veno-constrictive thigh cuffs, and resistive inspiratory breathing through an impedance threshold device. (Courtesy image submitted to Task Book.)
Image Courtesy image submitted to Task Book.
Image Dr. Benjamin Levine sitting at a computer and looking at a CT (computed tomography) image of the coronary circulation with Dr. Nina Radford (consultant) and Dr. Amit Khera (chief of the Preventive Cardiology group). Courtesy image submitted to Task Book.
Image Hardwares carrying cells secured in the parabolic flight, and being escorted by Dr. Srujana Neelam's collaborators, Lilian Layer (from University of Zurich) and ex-intern (at NASA Kennedy Space Center). Courtesy image submitted to Task Book.
Image Dr. Srujana Neelam, Dr. Ye Zhang, and Jeffrey Richards working on confocal microscope at the Microgravity simulation support facility in Kennedy Space Center. Courtesy image submitted to Task Book.
Image Courtesy image submitted to Task Book.
Image An image of a 200 um diameter embryoid body (EB) composed of mouse induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The cells are genetically engineered to express green fluorescent protein (GFP) when the Oct4 gene is active and tamoxifen is present in the media. Red fluorescent protein (RFP) is maintained i...
Image Patch/sticker made for Micro-15 (Courtesy image submitted to Taskbook).
Image Dr. Kumar Ankit (left) and his co-investigator Prof. Martin Glicksman (right) receiving the 2018 Cahn prize from the Journal of Materials Science deputy editor-in-chief Dr. M. Grant Norton. Their award-winning research was supported by this NASA-PSI project. The award citation reads: The 2018 Journ...
Image Courtesy image submitted to Task Book.
Image South Pole Station in Winter. Courtesy of Hunter Davis Photography (courtesy image submitted to Task Book).