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ISS - Expedition 47 Mission patch.

April 26, 2016

The six Expedition 47 crew members were back at work Tuesday exploring life science and other fields to advance humanity on and off Earth. The International Space Station residents also checked out new spacecraft communications gear.

Scientists are researching how the lack of gravity weakens bones and muscles. They are testing an antibody used on Earth that prevents this weakening in mice. The facility that houses the mice on the station for this study was inspected today then restocked with food.


Image above: Astronauts Jeff Williams and Tim Peake talk to students in Dallas, Texas for an educational event. Image Credit: NASA TV.

Hardware was set up today that will measure fluid pressure in an astronaut’s head for the Fluid Shifts experiment. That study observes how living in space impacts cells and blood vessels and researches the possibility that it may affect vision.

The crew continues to document its living conditions on the space station to help engineers design future spacecraft with habitable accommodations. New radios that were installed in March are also being tested that will communicate with future spacecraft to visit the station.

Related links:

Assessment of myostatin inhibition to prevent skeletal muscle atrophy and weakness in mice exposed to long-duration spaceflight (Rodent Research-3-Eli Lilly): http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1722.html

Fluid Shifts experiment: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1257.html

Habitable accommodations: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1772.html

International Space Station (ISS): https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

Space Station Research and Technology: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html

Image (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA/Mark Garcia.

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