[Reply to “Space Station?”] Yes, for biological research



I have, for the past several years, been the Life Sciences Team Leader on the Task Force for Scientific Uses of Space Station, where we have viewed the space station as a powerful tool for microgravity research in the life sciences. The fact that the space station is indeed to be a permanent facility makes it especially and uniquely of value to us. While I agree with Meredith's contention (Eos, September 29, 1987, p. 770) that the station can well be justified as a required step toward manned exploration of the Solar System, I do not agree with his apparent feeling that it has little utility as a research facility.