Research in biological and physical sciences in space provides the critical scientific and technological foundations that make space exploration possible. As humanity looks towards the Moon and Mars for future missions, this work is needed to help astronauts adapt and live in the harsh environments of space. Thriving in Space provides a roadmap for increasing national investment in biological and physical science research, from experiments to infrastructure to education. This report identifies key scientific questions, priorities, and ambitious research campaigns that will enable human space exploration and transform our understanding of how the universe works.
Thriving in Space reviews the state of knowledge in the current and emerging areas of space-related biological and physical sciences research and generates recommendations for a comprehensive vision and strategy for a decade of transformative science at the frontiers of biological and physical sciences research in space. This report will help NASA define and align biological and physical sciences research to uniquely advance scientific knowledge, meet human and robotic exploration mission needs, and provide terrestrial benefits.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Thriving in Space: Ensuring the Future of Biological and Physical Sciences Research: A Decadal Survey for 2023-2032. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26750.
|2 Current State of Knowledge in the Biological and Physical Sciences
|3 Framework for Thriving in Space by Prioritizing Themes and Scientific Questions
|4 Science to Enable Space Exploration
|5 Science Enabled by the Space Environment
|6 Research Campaigns
|7 Strategy and Challenges for Disciplinary Balance, Infrastructure, and Access and a Vibrantly Sustained Space Science Community
|Appendix A: Statement of Task
|Appendix B: Acronyms and Abbreviations
|Appendix C: Steering Committee and Staff Biographical Information
|Appendix D: Complementarity of NASA's Division of Biological and Physical Sciences and Human Research Program
|Appendix E: Technical Risk and Cost Evaluation Related to the Chapter 6 Research Campaigns
|Appendix F: Key Scientific Questions and Recommendations for BPS Space Research Over the Decade 20232032
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