Crystal Growth, Rodent Experiments Headed for ISS

The SAGE III instrument integrated on the EXPRESS Pallet Adapter (ExPA) after its final sharp edge inspection before its launch on Space X 10. This investigation will measure the stratospheric ozone, aerosols, and other trace gases by locking onto the sun or moon and scanning a thin profile of the atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — The tenth SpaceX cargo resupply launch to the International Space Station will deliver investigations that study human health, Earth science and weather patterns. Here are some highlights of the research headed to the orbiting laboratory:

Crystal growth investigation could improve drug delivery, manufacturing

Monoclonal antibodies are important for fighting off a wide range of human diseases, including cancers. These antibodies work with the natural immune system to bind to certain molecules to detect, purify and block their growth. The Microgravity Growth of Crystalline Monoclonal Antibodies for Pharmaceutical Applications (CASIS PCG 5) investigation will crystallize a human monoclonal antibody, developed by Merck Research Labs, that is currently undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of immunological disease.

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SpaceX Mission Poised for Notable Achievements

Falcon 9 on Launch Pad 39A. (Credit: NASA)

By Steven Siceloff,
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida

NASA’s first cargo resupply mission of 2017 is poised to lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida loaded with almost 5,500 pounds of science experiments, research equipment and supplies bound for the International Space Station and its resident astronauts.

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NASA Selects New Technologies for Flight Tests for Future Space Exploration


EDWARDS, Calif. (NASA PR) — NASA has selected five space technologies to test on low-gravity-simulating aircraft, high-altitude balloons or suborbital rockets. The opportunity to fly on these vehicles helps advance technologies closer to practical use by taking them from a laboratory environment to the real world.

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U.S. National Laboratory Research Payloads Set for Launch on SpaceX CRS-10

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., February 15, 2017 (CASIS PR) The SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle is slated to launch its 10th cargo resupply mission (CRS-10) to the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than February 18, 2017 from Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39A, with its Dragon spacecraft carrying more than 35 separate ISS U.S. National Laboratory sponsored investigations. These investigations will be conducted both onboard the ISS and outside of the space station over the coming months.

The ISS U.S. National Laboratory is chartered to facilitate microgravity research with the potential to generate benefits to life on Earth. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) is leading the effort with NASA, industry and academia to manage and promote its utilization to the fullest extent possible. The major ISS National Lab sponsored investigations flying on SpaceX CRS-10 are as follows:
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Commercial Crew’s Role in Path to Mars

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By Steven Siceloff,
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The spacecraft, rockets and associated systems in development for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program are critical links in the agency’s chain to send astronauts safely to and from the Red Planet in the future, even though the commercial vehicles won’t venture to Mars themselves. The key is reliable access to the International Space Station as a test bed.

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Virgin Galactic, ALTEC Sign MOU to Study Italian Spaceport

SpaceShipTwo glides over the Mojave Desert after being released from its WhiteKnightTwo mother ship. (Credit; Virgin Galactic)
SpaceShipTwo glides over the Mojave Desert after being released from its WhiteKnightTwo mother ship. (Credit; Virgin Galactic)

ROME (ASI PR)– ALTEC S.p.A., the Italian engineering and logistics service provider for the International Space Station, and Virgin Galactic LLC, the US spaceflight company within the Virgin Group, announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed to study experimental sub-orbital spaceflight in Italy.

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Samples Exposed on ISS Exterior Returned to Japanese Researchers

Samples of QCC after exposure photographed in Kibo (Credit: JAXA/NASA)
Samples of QCC after exposure photographed in Kibo (Credit: JAXA/NASA)

Samples exposed to the space environment return to researchers

TOKYO (JAXA PR) — The first samples that had been attached to the Exposed Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM) for exposure in the space environment were returned to Earth at the end of August, and then later handed over to researchers at the Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) on September 20.

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NanoRacks NextGen Platforms and External CubeSat Deployer Arrive at Space Station

nano_racks_logoHOUSTON, Texas, October 24, 2016 (NanoRacks PR) – Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) Sunday early morning after launching Monday night from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

Onboard Cygnus are four of Spire’s LEMUR-2 CubeSats in a NanoRacks External Deployer, and Black Box, NanoRacks’ NextGen research platform.

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Cygnus Carries Science Experiments to Space Station

A burning heptane droplet during the Flame Extinguishing Experiments investigation on the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)
A burning heptane droplet during the Flame Extinguishing Experiments investigation on the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (NASA PR) — Orbital ATK sent new science experiments to the International Space Station on Sunday aboard its sixth Commercial Resupply Services (CSR) mission. The Cygnus spacecraft blasted off from Wallops Island, Virginia atop an Antares rocket, carrying supplies for the crew along with dozens of experiments, including studies on fire in space, the effect of lighting on sleep and daily rhythms, collection of health-related data, and a new way to measure neutrons.

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CASIS Appoints Randy Giles as Chief Scientist

casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., October 4, 2016 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) announced today that Dr. Randy Giles, a world-renowned scientist, thought leader in optical technologies, and elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering, has joined CASIS as chief scientist.

In this role, Dr. Giles will lead the scientific research and technology development for the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. Dr. Giles has spent the past three decades at Bell Labs, where he has led global research and development teams with technologies ranging from medical diagnostics to quantum physics, microelectromechanical systems, and advanced optical networking.

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Airbus Signs First Customer for New ISS Hosted Payload Platform

bartolomeo platform on ISS. (Credit: Airbus Defence and Space)
bartolomeo platform on ISS. (Credit: Airbus Defence and Space)

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Airbus Defence & Space PR) — Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, and Neumann Space, an Australian Space technology company, have signed the very first agreement for a hosted payload aboard the new Bartolomeo platform of the International Space Station (ISS) during this week’s IAC Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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CASIS, NSF Fund Fluid Dynamics Experiments on ISS

casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., September 29, 2016 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced five projects have been awarded from a joint fluid dynamics solicitation for focused research onboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory for Earth benefits. Through this partnership, CASIS and NASA will facilitate hardware implementation and on-orbit access to the ISS National Laboratory.  NSF will award $1.5 million total in funding for the selected projects to advance fundamental science and engineering knowledge through microgravity inquiry.

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Sierra Nevada, UN Announced Dedicated Dream Chaser Mission

Dream Chaser spacecraft in orbit. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)
Dream Chaser spacecraft in orbit. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

SPARKS, Nev., September 27, 2016 (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and have announced details of the first-ever United Nations space mission at the International Astronautical Congress today in Guadalajara, Mexico. The dedicated Dream Chaser® Mission is targeted at providing developing countries the opportunity to develop and fly microgravity payloads for an extended duration in orbit; however, all United Nations Member States will be able to propose payloads for the mission.

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DNA Sequenced in Space for First Time

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins sequenced DNA in space for the first time ever for the Biomolecule Sequencer investigation, using the MinION sequencing device. (Credit: NASA)
NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins sequenced DNA in space for the first time ever for the Biomolecule Sequencer investigation, using the MinION sequencing device. (Credit: NASA)
 HOUSTON (NASA PR) — For the first time ever, DNA was successfully sequenced in microgravity as part of the Biomolecule Sequencer experiment performed by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins this weekend aboard the International Space Station. The ability to sequence the DNA of living organisms in space opens a whole new world of scientific and medical possibilities. Scientists consider it a game changer.

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