JDR Vol.10 No.6 pp. 1022-1024
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2015.p1022


Microbes and Crewed Space Habitat

Nobuyasu Yamaguchi and Masao Nasu

Environmental Science and Microbiology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University
1-6 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

August 19, 2015
October 5, 2015
December 1, 2015
crewed space habitat, microbial monitoring, microbiota, international space station, astromicrobiology

Microbes exist everywhere, and studies have demonstrated the presence of viable microorganisms in a crewed space habitat. Microorganisms within space habitats pose potential hazards to crew health and potentially damage hardware. Continuing successful long-term space habitation requires fundamental information on microbiological safety for avoiding biohazards in space. We discuss the importance of researching microbes in crewed space habitats and of monitoring microbes on the International Space Station (ISS). We also review environmental microbiology perspectives in crewed space habitats and the microbiology of the space environment (astromicrobiology).

Cite this article as:
N. Yamaguchi and M. Nasu, “Microbes and Crewed Space Habitat,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.10, No.6, pp. 1022-1024, 2015.
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