“Although ARC was founded in 1939 as part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), NASA’s predecessor, space life sciences research did not become part of the ARC agenda until 1960. Early life sciences research at ARC was concerned mainly with questions raised by preparations for the Apollo missions to the moon. Interest was centered on the effects of radiation, isolation, and changes in gravitational loading, and on crew life support requirements during space flight. Studies were also conducted on gastrointestinal function, tissue breakdown, and possible changes in the processes of reproduction, development and aging in the space environment.”

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