Life Support & Biosphere Science International Journal of Earth/Space was designed to meet the needs of an emerging field of study necessitated by the innate human interest in exploration. As mankind stretches the limits of environmental understanding in space, under the sea, and in harsh Earth environments, new lessons are learned that affect our daily travels on spaceship Earth. Small spacecraft and submarines have used physical/chemical measures to recycle clean air and fresh water, and the principles of these small, unforgiving systems are directly applicable to understanding life support on Earth. As plants are added and biospheric systems become larger, basic concepts of cycling of elements and the importance of biodiversity have direct implications for issues of global warming, the protection of endangered species, and clean water requirements. Life Support & Biosphere Science provided a forum for the sharing of these concepts among diverse groups, bringing the issues of Earth in touch with the issues of space. The forum included the written word as a spectrum from news and event summaries to peer-reviewed technical articles. The Journal met the needs of Life Support and Biospheric Scientists, those interested in the design and manufacture of air and water systems, and those entrusted with the responsibility for educating the public while entertaining them.
Harry W. Janes, NJ EcoComplex/NJ-NSCORT, Rutgers University, Bordentown, NJ USA
Abigail Alling, Biospheres LLC, Bonsall, CA Charles Barnes, Universities Space Research Association, Washington, DC Sheryl L. Bishop, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galvaston, TX Charles T. Bourland, NASA/Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX Peter Chetirkin, Dynamac Corp., Kennedy Space Center, FL Marc M. Cohen, NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA Dudley Crosson, Delta P, Port St Lucie, FL Joel L. Cuello, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Guy Fogleman, Life Sciences Division at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC Patrick M. French, International Space University, Strasbourg Central Campus Jay Garland, Kennedy Space Flight Center, FL Josef Gitelson, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA James Kirk, John Hopkins University, Laurel MD Craig E. Litton, Wyle Laboratories, Houston, TX M. Ephimia Morphew, Spacehab/NASA, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX Mark Nelson, Institute of Ecotechnics, London, UK Keiji Nitta, Institute for Environmental Science, Aomori, Japan Linda Plush, c/o Plush Systems Inc./West Palm Inc., Palmdale, CA Charles Ray, ED62, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL Monsi Roman, ED62, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL Dave Romero, Oceaneering Space Systems, Houston, TX Mark A. Schneegurt, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN Mary Traweek, ED62, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL Yael Vodovotz, NASA-Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX Paul Wieland, ED62, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL Kanapathipillai Wignarajah, NASA Ames Research Center, MS 239-8, Moffet Field, CA