Animals And Plants In Space

Gilles Clement1'2 and Klaus Slenzka3

' Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse, France

2 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA

3 OHB-Svstem A G, Bremen, Germany

Animals and plants have been invaluable in space biology and have contributed greatly to the current database of knowledge in this field. This chapter presents an overview of the historical involvement of animals and plants in space, describes the hardware and logistics of flying live specimens on board spacecrafts, and discusses future plans for animal and plant experiments in space.

Figure 2-01. Chimpanzee Ham is greeted by recovery ship Commander after his successful flight on the Mercwy-Redstone rocket in 1961. Photo courtesy of NASA.

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