Children in Space? Planning for children’s development in space environments

Di, Catherwood and Graham, Edgar ORCID: 0000-0003-4302-7169 (2021) Children in Space? Planning for children’s development in space environments. UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences Association..

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Children will inevitably become members of space environments either as space natives or immigrants, facing potential developmental challenges in either case. Space communities may try to replicate terrestrial conditions and children may ultimately adapt to space conditions. Nevertheless, there may still be developmental hazards such as reduced gravity, ionizing radiation and restrictive habitats. Research with other species suggests that native space children may face risks to conception, prenatal development, birth and early postnatal survival, while evidence from astronauts indicates that immigrant space children may require physical and psychological adjustments. It is timely to begin serious consideration of policies, strategies and material innovations to support the safe, effective development of children in space.

Item Type: Other
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Pages 53-54
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Graham Edgar
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2023 11:27
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:04

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