The case for support of manned spaceflight as a platform for research on sarcopenia and osteopenia
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The United Kingdom government has decided to be part of the European Space Agency’s Aurora programme, but so far it has declared an intention only to participate in aspects of the programme which do not involve human space flight. Personally, we believe this to be a mistake, mainly because of the inherent limitations of robots, especially in unforeseen circumstances. However the arguments we make are different to this and are focussed mainly upon the benefits to earth based science, medicine, technology and education which would accrue from a manned space flight programme.
KeywordsHuman spaceflight microgravity osteopenia sarcopenia
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