jeudi 15 juin 2017

Crew Researches Mold, Rodents and Stem Cells as Cargo Ship Chases Station










ISS - Expedition 52 Mission patch.

June 15, 2017

ISS - International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

Russia’s Progress 67 (67P) cargo craft is orbiting Earth and on its way to the International Space Station Friday morning carrying over three tons of food, fuel and supplies. Meanwhile, the three member Expedition 52 crew researched a variety of space science on Thursday while preparing for the arrival of the 67P.

Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer will monitor the automated docking of the 67P to the Zvezda service module Friday at 7:42 a.m. EDT. NASA TV will broadcast live the resupply ship’s approach and rendezvous beginning at 7 a.m. The 67P’s docking will mark four spaceships attached to the space station.


Image above: NASA astronaut Jack Fischer checks out science gear inside Japan’s Kibo laboratory module. Image Credit: NASA.

Fischer spent the morning photographing mold and bacteria samples on petri dishes as part of six student-led biology experiments that are taking place inside a NanoRacks module. In the afternoon, he removed protein crystal samples from a science freezer, let them thaw and observed the samples using a specialized microscope.

Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson tended to rodents Thursday morning cleaning their habitat facilities and restocking their food. In the afternoon, she moved to human research swapping out samples for the Cardiac Stem Cells study that is exploring why living in space may accelerate the aging process.

Related links:

NASA TV broadcast live: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-television-to-cover-international-space-station-cargo-ship-launch-docking

Protein crystal samples: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1970.html

Specialized microscope: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/541.html

Rodents: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2025.html

Cardiac Stem Cells: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2436.html

Expedition 52: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/category/expedition-52/

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

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

Images (mentioned), Text, Credit: NASA/Mark Garcia.

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