ASGSB 2003 Annual Meeting Abstracts
NASA LIFE SCIENCES DATA ARCHIVE – A TOOL FOR FUTURE SPACE RESEARCH.
J.A. Havelka1. 1Lockheed Martin Space Life Sciences,
Life sciences experiments conducted in space are scientifically unique,
expensive, and difficult or impossible to replicate on Earth. Therefore, the
scientific results of these experiments should be published and shared in a
timely manner with the scientific community. Furthermore, Congress has
mandated that NASA improve its sharing of these scientific results. For these
reasons, NASA has built the Life Sciences Data Archive (LSDA), a computerized
database of space life sciences research and data. The database is accessible
via the World Wide Web (http://lsda.jsc.nasa.gov) and contains information on
over 800 experiments conducted since the beginning of the space program to the
present International Space Station (ISS).
The LSDA is supported by several NASA centers across the country, Ames
Research Center in California, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and Johnson
Space Center in Texas. For each experiment, the LSDA contains a detailed
description of the experiment and applicable hardware, images, downloadable
experiment documents, data collection timetables, and experiment data.
To be truly useful, an archive cannot merely store data; it should provide a
means by which to build future research. The unique information contained
within the LSDA is easily accessible by all researchers and can benefit
research implementation on both short-duration and exploration-class
missions. With the ability to see a complete listing of prior research
performed by NASA in the LSDA, researchers responding to NASA Research
Announcements (NRA) will have a better understanding of research previously
performed and thus will be better able to direct their future proposals
towards new or more detailed research. This information can also be used for
data mining efforts to evaluate potential countermeasures to the negative
effects of microgravity on humans, and to develop improved methods of life
support, including the inflight production of food and potable water and the
maintenance of clean air.
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