While traveling in space, space scientists usually experience physical changes generally associated with aging, like muscle deterioration, bone loss, and altered immune systems. When the astronauts come back to Earth, these changes are often reversed. For understanding the proper relevance of the astronauts’ human health experience both on the ground and in space, the NIH’s (National Institutes of Health) NCATS (National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences) has collaborated with the ISS National Lab (International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory). This collaboration is intended to send tissue chips—which is an investigative technique that demonstrates the human body—into space.
The ISS National Lab and NASA have partnered to utilize the US’ segment of the space station for studying initiatives influencing the unique microgravity atmosphere in space. A deposit of tissue chips that sculpt conditions of the human resistant system will be launched on SpaceX’s “16th Commercial Resupply Mission” from Florida’s Cape Canaveral to the ISS National Lab. This set of the chip is the foremost of several backed by the NIH that will fly to the ISS National Lab in the next couple of months. Managed by NCATS via its “Tissue Chips in Space Initiative,” scientists of the UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) have created the immune system chip to discover the connection between immune responses and aging and to discover the potential ways to slow down the aging process.
On a similar note, recently, the ISS was also in news as UConn’s (University of Connecticut) research project is directed toward the space station. An experiment devised by scientists at LambdaVision—UConn’s startup—would be launched into space soon. LambdaVision’s robotic system will produce films that can heal blindness and will be brought to the ISS National Lab by the SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft. The launch is set at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The test is one of a diverse group of research examinations intended to help life on Earth that the Dragon spacecraft would carry to the orbiting research platform. With almost 20 payloads—counting the one from LambdaVision—the mission signifies the largest number of payloads eternally delivered to the ISS in a single launch.
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