Science: Bioastronautics for Survival

In a week marked by the spectacular results of man's first photo reconnaissance of Mars, the ambitions of the scientists and engineers at the San Francisco meeting of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics seemed modest indeed. Topic "A" was the civilization of near-space—the techniques by which astronauts may live and work in the neighboring sky this side of the moon.

No one was deceived. Solving the complex problems involved has already proved to be a massive and costly undertaking. And there is a $1 billion contract at stake for whichever one of...

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