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ISS resupply mission from NASA Wallops loaded with research goals

by DrewLUD


Long after the thrill of the Antares Rocket launch and the Cygnus Spacecraft has completed docking to the International Space Station, the plethora of slated research will commence.

The three-month stint attached to the unity module will deliver 8,200 pounds of science and research crew supplies as well as vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory. This will also be the fifth mission under Northrop Grumman’s two-year Commercial Resupply  contract with NASA.

“At NASA, we’re dedicated to continuous improvement in getting a return on our investment for all humanity,” said David Brady, associate program scientist for the ISS. “We do this by creating tangible returns by advancing scientific and technical knowledge, fostering economic opportunity, and advancing our capabilities to extend humankind into the cosmos.”

Research on, yes, slime molds

A preflight view of an active Blob. The goal of the Blob investigation is to observe the influence of microgravity on the Blob’s (a unicellular organism whose scientific name is Physarum polycephalum) behaviour when it explores its environment or when it eats.

Among the research conducted will be Slime mold studies. Even without a brain, the single-celled material “can still  move, feed, organize itself, and even transmit knowledge to other slime molds,” according the official NASA research overview.

With the help of Thomas Pesquet, a European Space Agency astronaut, experiments will show the effect of microgravity on the substance. Through the use of time lapse video from space, students 10 to 18 years old can compare the speed, shape, and growth of the slime molds in space and on the ground.


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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service