KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (CASIS PR) — Early Saturday morning at 2:48 a.m. EDT, a variety of payloads managed by the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory were successfully launched to the space station on SpaceX’s 17th commercial resupply services mission from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Many of the ISS National Lab investigations included on this mission are aimed at improving human health on Earth, with several focused on drug development.
Four projects on this mission are funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its joint Tissue Chips in Space initiative with the ISS National Lab. The Tissue Chips in Space initiative is a multiyear, multiflight program that aims to advance understanding of human diseases, with the goal of translating findings into potential new treatments to improve health on Earth. A tissue chip investigation from Emulate, Inc. that launched to the ISS on this mission is aimed at studying the blood-brain barrier to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms behind neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Another tissue chip study from MIT is exploring pathways that could lead to new treatments for osteoarthritis, which affects millions of people on Earth.
In addition, multiple student projects launched to the ISS National Lab on this mission through Space Station Explorers partner programs that seek to engage and excite the next generation of scientists and engineers. Prior to the launch, students presented their flight projects at Kennedy Space Center, followed by a special book signing by popular TV host and author Emily Calandrelli, whose book Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader was launched to the ISS as part of the Story Time From Space program.
To learn more about the investigations on this mission, the research facilities available onboard the ISS, and how you can get involved in space-based research and development, please visit our launch dashboard and ISSNationalLab.org.