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Stem Cells Launched on Current SpaceX Flight

Yesterday’s SpaceX launch from NASA’s Kennedy Spaceflight Center includes a shipment of adult stem cells to test their growth and proliferation in weightless conditions. . . . → Read More: Stem Cells Launched on Current SpaceX Flight

Spacecraft Returns with Space Station Research Samples

A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returned today with samples from several biomedical research studies conducted by astronauts on the International Space Station. . . . → Read More: Spacecraft Returns with Space Station Research Samples

Report from Maker Faire: Plastic Recycling Made in Space

Report from Maker Faire: Made In Space and Lowe’s stores displayed a system that recycles polyethylene plastic bags and bottles into filament for 3-D printers. . . . → Read More: Report from Maker Faire: Plastic Recycling Made in Space

NASA to Test Hand-Held DNA Sequencer in Space Station

MinIon handheld sequencing device (Oxford Nanopore Technologies)

30 September 2015. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will take part in experiments testing the feasibility of a portable DNA sequencing device in space. The proof-of-concept test of the hand-held MinIon DNA sequencing device is a project of National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The MinIon, made . . . → Read More: NASA to Test Hand-Held DNA Sequencer in Space Station

Astronauts to Eat Space-Grown Vegetables

Red romaine lettuce grown on the International Space Station (NASA)

10 August 2015. Astronauts in Expedition 44 on the International Space Station plan to eat fresh leafy vegetables today grown in their own lab. The red romaine lettuce on their menus is grown in a plant system, nicknamed Veggie — officially known as Veg-01 . . . → Read More: Astronauts to Eat Space-Grown Vegetables

NASA Challenge Seeks Elements for Human Presence on Mars

Mars surface and atmosphere, from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission. (NASA.gov)

8 May 2015. NASA is asking the public for ideas on ways to establish a long-term presence of Mars in a new challenge offered by InnoCentive. The competition has a total purse of $15,000 and a deadline for submissions . . . → Read More: NASA Challenge Seeks Elements for Human Presence on Mars

New Adaptive Aircraft Control System Flight Tested

Students and professors from the USAF Test Pilot School and University of Illinois. Naira Hovakimyan is second from the left. (Rebecca Amber, USAF)

20 March 2015. U.S. Air Force pilots tested a new flight control system designed by engineers at University of Illinois that automatically adapts aircraft to changing conditions faster than most human . . . → Read More: New Adaptive Aircraft Control System Flight Tested

SpaceX Mission to Carry University Pathogen Research

Salmonella bacteria (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

12 December 2014. The next launch of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station will carry a set of specially-configured petri dishes testing the effect of microgravity on the virulence of salmonella bacteria. The research is the work of microbiologists at Arizona State University . . . → Read More: SpaceX Mission to Carry University Pathogen Research

Planet Labs Launches Two More Earth Imaging Satellites

Flock 1 satellite fleet (Planet Labs)

Planet Labs, a geoscience and data analytics company in San Francisco, launched two more earth imaging satellites in its Dove series, designed to demonstrate the company’s technologies. The satellites, Dove 3 and Dove 4, were launched as payloads on a Russian Dnepr rocket. The company launched Dove 1 . . . → Read More: Planet Labs Launches Two More Earth Imaging Satellites

Propulsion Systems Created for Micro Space Satellites

Paulo Lozano (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

A research group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed propulsion systems for miniature space satellites that can help prevent these research devices becoming harmful space clutter. Aeronautics and astronautics professor Paulo Lozano and colleagues from MIT’s Space Propulsion Lab discussed their work at the recent Joint Propulsion Conference . . . → Read More: Propulsion Systems Created for Micro Space Satellites