SpaceX’s third commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station is set to blastoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday, March 16 at 4:41 a.m. EDT.
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The New York Times has a story about a crystal growth experiment led by Lawrence J. DeLucas of the University of Alabama at Birmingham that will fly to the space station aboard a Dragon cargo vehicle later this month:
Today, he is a principal investigator on a $6 million project that is to fly aboard the International Space Station. The experiment will include 100 proteins with poor results on earth so far. The same crystal-growing experiment will be conducted on the ground at the same time under the same conditions (plus gravity).
After four and a half months, the space crystals will return to earth. The analysis will then be conducted double-blind, meaning that the scientists analyzing the crystals will not know which ones were grown on earth and which in orbit.
The 100 proteins are set to travel to the space station in March aboard a rocket run by SpaceX, a private company, and return to earth in August. The analysis will then take a year.
At the end, Dr. DeLucas said scientists will have a good idea of how useful zero-G is for this type of research. “What I hope is,” he said, “once and for all, we can say, ‘Look, if you fly a protein, here’s the percent chance that it’s going to get improvement.’ ”
Read the full story.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL., March 6, 2014 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today released a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks to identify equipment capable of supporting future materials science experiments onboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. The RFI solicits entities capable of serving as implementation partners and/or hardware providers for such research.
HOUSTON (NASA PR) — In space, things don’t always behave the way we expect them to. In the case of cancer, researchers have found that this is a good thing: some tumors seem to be much less aggressive in the microgravity environment of space compared to their behavior on Earth. This observation, reported in research published in February by the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal, could help scientists understand the mechanism involved and develop drugs targeting tumors that don’t respond to current treatments. This work is the latest in a large body of evidence on how space exploration benefits those of us on Earth.
HOUSTON (NASA PR) — It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a CubeSat! With so many small, relatively inexpensive satellites deploying lately from the International Space Station, it may seem like the area referred to as low-Earth orbit, between 100 and 1,240 miles above the planet, is full of these compact cubes. The miniature satellites, or CubeSats, conduct research and demonstration missions.
VANCOUVER, Feb. 27, 2014 (UrtheCast PR) — UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (“UrtheCast” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed six new data distributors for its high-resolution Earth video and imagery. This Ultra HD color video and medium-resolution imagery will be captured from UrtheCast’s two cameras ― a 1-meter class, full color video camera and a 5-meter class, still imagery camera — aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
TOULOUSE, France (Airbus PR) — Airbus Defence and Space, world’s number two in space technologies, has built the Electromagnetic Levitator (EML) facility which was developed under parallel contracts of the European Space Agency ESA and the DLR Space Administration.
EML is a containerless processing furnace for materials research in the European Columbus lab, set to uncover a deeper understanding of advanced alloy and semiconductor materials and their molten state properties for the optimisation of industrial scale casting as well as for basic research. The EML together with the first batch of samples is part of the cargo complement scheduled to be transported to the International Space Station (ISS) in June by the European resupply spacecraft ATV-5 (Automated Transfer Vehicle).
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL, February 26, 2014 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today issued a solicitation for proposals supporting enabling technologies onboard the International Space Station (ISS). CASIS is the nonprofit organization responsible for managing research onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to solicit flight projects that develop tools and/or techniques that will enable improved and expanded use of the ISS National Lab; increasing return on U.S. investment in the ISS National Lab and enhancing the value of the ISS research platform.
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