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New Heart and DNA Research in Space Benefiting Health
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ISS - Expedition 48 Mission patch.

July 27, 2016

New science unloaded from the latest SpaceX Dragon to visit the International Space Station is under way. The variety of new and ongoing space research is designed to benefit life on Earth and astronauts on long duration missions.

Astronaut Kate Rubins, a biological researcher on Earth, is lifting her science expertise to new heights today setting up a microscope in space for the first time. The new microscope will observe heart cells to help doctors understand how the human heart adapts in space and improve crew health.

Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi checked the habitat for the Mouse Epigenetics experiment today. That study is researching how microgravity alters the gene expression in mice and DNA in their offspring.

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Image above: Astronaut Kate Rubins works to set up a new microscope for the Heart Cells study. Image Credit: NASA TV.

Commander Jeff Williams joined cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin for ultrasound scans today to investigate how fluids shift from the lower body to the upper body. The study is exploring how these fluid shifts affect fluid pressure in an astronaut’s head and eyes potentially affecting vision.

Cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Anatoly Ivanishin partnered together for a study of the upper body that observes changes in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The research explores breathing and blood pressure in microgravity to maintain the health of crews living in space.

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Dragon Spacecraft Arrives at the International Space Station

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Image (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA/Mark Garcia.

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Back in August astronauts Scott Kelly, Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui living aboard the International Space Station became the first humans ever to eat food grown in space. The crew munched red colored “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce salad during a live webcast.
The “Veggie” experiment was developed by Orbital Technologies Corp. (ORBITEC) in Madison, Wisconsin. The Veggie-01 apparatus was thoroughly tested at Kennedy before flight. It was delivered, along with two sets of romaine seeds and one set of zinnias, to the ISS in April 2014. see more here


Space Shuttle Endeavour comes home for the final time

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NASA TV Coverage Reset for Launch of Newest Earth-Observing Mission
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 30, 2015
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NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, now is scheduled for 6:20 a.m. PST (9:20 a.m. EST) Friday, Jan. 30, with a three-minute launch window. The launch of the United Launch Alliance/Delta II rocket was scrubbed Thursday due to a violation of upper-level wind constraints. Launch managers have initiated a 24-hour recycle. The weather
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Time Warner digital cable subscribers in North East Ohio and Western Pennsylvania get NASA TV as a full time channel

For those of us not lucky enough to be living in that part of Time Warner’s cable footprint, NASA TV is still available through some Government Access cable channels (though typically only on a part-time basis), and 24/7 online (streams are available that are compatible with Windows Media Player, QuickTime, iOS, Android, and any platform capable of rendering Flash).


Curiosity landed on Mars just a few minutes ago. I’m glad I stayed up to watch. I snagged a few photos of the celebration in the control room - hilarious and awesome to see everyone jump for joy. I’ve never seen so many people scream and hug each other after someone yelled “WE GOT THUMBNAILS!” Here’s a few of the screen grabs I liked the best.

Just to give everyone a clear picture of what these scientists accomplished, consider the following:

  • NASA launched and guided the craft 200 million miles to land on a specific Martian crater - the equivalent of teeing off in London and hitting a hole in one in Aukland, New Zealand.
  • The golf ball mention in the scenario above? Well, in this case it’s a spacecraft that weighs over 1 ton and cost $2.5 Billion.
  • Once the parachute deploys, Curiosity slowed from around 13,000 mph to 0 in just over 7 minutes
  • To hit a precise spot on the targeted crater, the craft uses the sky crane pictured above after the parachute has done it’s job.
  • The rover itself is about the size of a Mini Cooper and contains (among other things), arms, a radiation meter, a rock-blasting laser, a chemical nose, and mid-range and telephoto lenses.
  • To read more, check out this article from Mercury News

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NASA TV Previews, Broadcasts U.S. Space Station Spacewalks

Three astronauts of the International Space Station Expedition 41 crew will conduct two spacewalks outside the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 15 to replace a failed power regulator and relocate a failed cooling pump. NASA Television will provide comprehensive coverage, beginning with a preview briefing Friday, Oct. 3.
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