ORBITAL LAB WORK CONTINUES WITH NEW SCIENCE RESEARCH
Orbital lab is abuzz with activity. The crew has been busy unpacking the Dragon supply ship after being secured to the Harmony module. Much of the work, outside of maintenance and other crew duties is continued research and experimentation in a multitude of areas.
In short, the International Space Station with its constant crew of six members, is a quite large orbital laboratory.
New Science Being Unpacked and Worked Aboard Orbital Lab
Six spaceships are now parked at the International Space Station and the Expedition 59 crew is working on the newest science delivered Monday. Astronauts will continue to live and work in space longer and scientists want to know how humans and a variety of other organisms adapt to support these missions.
NASA astronaut Anne McClain tended to several dozen mice delivered to the orbital lab Monday on the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft. The rodents’ immune systems are similar to humans and scientists are monitoring them to detect any changes caused microgravity.
NASA astronaut Christina Koch set up the Microgravity Science Glovebox today to begin operations with the new Micro-14 pathogen study. Microgravity can increase the virulence of pathogens and doctors are seeking to understand the process to keep space crews safe and healthy.
Frozen Biological Samples Unpacked
Koch and McClain both started Tuesday unpacking frozen biological samples from Dragon. The duo stowed the samples into different science freezers aboard the station for later analysis and experimental work.
McClain, Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Nick Hague also explored head and eye pressure caused by upward fluid shifts due to the effects of microgravity. The long-running human research experiment seeks to reverse the upward flow and alleviate the symptoms reported by astronauts.
Written By: Mark Garcia NASA
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