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« Reply #540 on: 12/07/2023 09:38 pm »
Advanced Botany, Biology Promoting Health on Earth and in Space

Mark Garcia Posted on December 7, 2023

Space botany, human research, and bioprinting were the dominant science topics aboard the International Space Station on Thursday. The Expedition 70 septet also focused on lab hardware and cargo operations throughout the day.

Growing plants in space is critical as astronauts prepare for longer missions farther away from Earth. Space agriculture may help feed crews and provide a cleaner breathing environment aboard spacecraft and space habitats. Crews will have to be self-sustainable relying less on cargo missions packed with food, fuel, and supplies from Earth.

NASA astronauts Loral O’Hara and Andreas Mogensen from ESA (European Space Agency) took turns servicing the Advanced Plant Habitat replacing environmental control components on the research device. NASA Flight Engineer Jasmin Moghbeli assisted the duo reconfiguring the botany facility that has grown a variety of vegetables in the Kibo laboratory module.

O’Hara and Moghbeli then joined Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa from JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) for eye checks that are part of the CIPHER suite of 14 human research experiments. O’Hara first measured the electrical response of Furukawa’s retinas to light using specialized sensors. Next, O’Hara used standard medical imaging hardware to view the optic nerves and retinas inside Moghbeli’s eyes. Investigators are exploring how weightlessness affects vision and the condition of the eye.

Mogensen wrapped up his day in the Columbus laboratory module printing cardiac tissue samples using the BioFabrication Facility (BFF). Moghbeli helped the ESA station commander inserting tissue cassettes inside the 3D bioprinter and photographing the research activities. The BFF is demonstrating the potential of manufacturing human organs in space from existing patient cells.

Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Konstantin Borisov joined each other Thursday morning checking and photographing eggs being incubated for a Roscosmos biology investigation. Kononenko then studied ways to improve communication between international crews and mission controllers from around the world. Borisov wore a cap packed with sensors and researched futuristic spacecraft and robotic piloting techniques. Flight Engineer Nikolai Chub continued unpacking the Progress 86 cargo craft then tested power supply components inside the Zarya module.

NASA astronauts (from left) Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara pose for a portrait while working inside the Destiny laboratory module.

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« Reply #541 on: 12/07/2023 09:47 pm »
A few more pictures from:

Expedition 70 Flight Engineers Loral O'Hara and Jasmin Moghbeli

iss070e023504 (Nov. 11, 2023) --- Expedition 70 Flight Engineers (from left) Loral O'Hara and Jasmin Moghbeli, both from NASA, work inside the Destiny laboratory module monitoring communications and telemetry data from the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft as it approaches the International Space Station for a docking.

Astronaut Andreas Mogensen prints cardiac cell

iss070e034130 (Nov. 30, 2023) --- ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and Expedition 70 Commander Andreas Mogensen uses a portable glovebag and prints cardiac cells using the BioFabrication Facility that is demonstrating printing organ-like tissues in microgravity.

Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli removes printed cardiac tissue samples

iss070e035114 (Dec. 1, 2023) --- NASA astronaut and Expedition 70 Flight Engineer Jasmin Moghbeli uses a portable glovebag and removes a tissue cassette containing printed cardiac tissue samples from the BioFabrication Facility that is demonstrating printing organ-like tissues in microgravity. The cassette was then installed into an advanced sample processor that can be configured for a variety of biological and physics investigations.

Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli poses for a portrait in the Kibo lab module

iss070e035105 (Nov. 30, 2023) --- NASA astronaut and Expedition 70 Flight Engineer Jasmin Moghbeli takes a break during operations and poses for a portrait inside the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory module. A pair of computer tablets are attached to velcro straps on Moghbeli's pants for ease of access when reviewing procedures and instructions.

Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa extracts DNA samples in the Life Science Glovebox

iss070e035116 (Dec. 1, 2023) --- JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut and Expedition 70 Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa works in the Kibo laboratory module's Life Science Glovebox extracting DNA samples for the new uTitan investigation. The technology demonstration is exploring a method for automated nucleic acid extraction in microgravity and may inform DNA sample processing and sequencing techniques on spacecraft and remote locations on Earth.

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« Reply #542 on: 12/07/2023 10:00 pm »
Jasmin Moghbeli
Happy Hanukkah from the @Space_Station!! Real candles not allowed!

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« Reply #543 on: 12/08/2023 10:01 am »
Andreas Mogensen
When I was told that I was going on my Huginn mission, I was also given the opportunity to choose an organization to be an ambassador for, and I knew exactly which one it should be: WILD Nature Foundation, founded by Helle and Uri Løvevild Golman, with the purpose of protecting the world's wildlife and nature. I met them for the first time after a lecture, where they shared their story and passion for nature, and I fell head over heels for their motto: What you love, you will protect.

On January 17th, they are hosting a major event called "Verdens Vilde Liv" at Arena Næstved in Denmark, focusing on the incredible biodiversity of the world, showcasing many pictures from their numerous expeditions to all continents. Other speakers include former ZOO director Bengt Holst, who will talk about mammals, and astrophysicist Anja C. Andersen discussing the life-sustaining atmosphere. Oh, and yes, I'll also be calling in during the event 😉 You can join and support their noble cause of creating a better world for wild animals and nature while gaining a new perspective on the planet we live on.

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Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #544 on: 12/08/2023 11:20 am »

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« Reply #545 on: 12/08/2023 04:25 pm »
NASA Space Science
From bacteria 🦠 and fungi 🧫 to fruit flies 🪰 and worms 🪱. @NASA Program Scientist Sharmila Bhattacharya talks about the fascinating world of space biology and how our research is benefitting life on Earth. Listen in on this week’s episode of #HWHAP

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« Reply #546 on: 12/08/2023 04:27 pm »
ISS Research
Recent results from Cold Atom Lab reveal that for the first time in space, scientists have produced a quantum gas containing two types of atoms. This could allow researchers to study quantum chemistry, advancing the capabilities of the lab to conduct a wider range of experiments.

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« Reply #547 on: 12/08/2023 07:30 pm »
ISS Research
ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen swaps hardware in the Advanced Space Experiment Processor. This facility can process multiple biotech and life science experiments onboard the @Space_Station.

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« Reply #548 on: 12/08/2023 07:33 pm »
NASA Space Operations
.@NASA experts will join a virtual news conference hosted by @Axiom_Space at 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 13, to discuss the launch of Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3), the third private astronaut mission to the @Space_Station.

The Ax-3 launch aboard a @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft is targeted no earlier than January 2024 from @NASAKennedy in Florida.

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« Reply #549 on: 12/08/2023 07:36 pm »
Crew Ends Week with Science-Packed Day

Mark Garcia Posted on December 8, 2023

The Expedition 70 crew wrapped up the work week with microbiology, bioprinting, and ultrasound scans aboard the International Space Station. Cardiac research and fluid physics also rounded out the microgravity science schedule for the orbital septet.

Uncontrolled microbial growth is a potential threat to spacecraft possibly contaminating and corroding systems and affecting the health of space crews. Researchers are exploring how to identify and disinfect microbes to protect spacecraft and crews traveling longer and farther away from Earth.

NASA Flight Engineers Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara partnered together and researched ways to control microbial growth inside the Kibo laboratory module. The duo took turns treating bacteria samples in Kibo’s Life Science Glovebox helping scientists learn how to promote successful long-term spaceflights and protect extreme environments on Earth.

Moghbeli also assisted Commander Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) as he removed tissue cassettes containing cardiac cells from the BioFabrication Facility. The 3D bioprinter is demonstrating the potential to manufacture human organs in space from existing patient cells. The samples are then stowed in an advanced sample processor for incubation allowing the tissues to cohesively form on a cellular level. Mogensen earlier studied water recovery and purification techniques under microgravity conditions.

O’Hara began her day conducting ultrasound scans and collecting blood pressure measurements with Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa from JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). The biomedical work was done in conjunction with doctors on the ground and is part of the CIPHER suite of 14 human research experiments. Afterward, Furukawa swapped cargo in and out of the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft as it counts down to undocking from the station later this month and returning to important research samples to Earth.

Working in the Roscosmos segment of the orbiting lab, three cosmonauts began their morning conducting cardiac research. The trio of flight engineers, Oleg Kononenko, Nikolai Chub, and Konstantin Borisov, participated in the study that measures the bioelectrical activity of the heart as it rests in weightlessness. Afterward, the cosmonauts each participated in a computerized test solving problems for a study exploring how crews and mission controllers can communicate better.

Kononenko later examined eggs in an incubator for a space biology study then checked ventilation systems in the Nauka science module. Chub moved on and investigated how magnetic and electrical fields affect fluid systems in microgravity. Finally, Borisov worked on a variety of science tasks throughout the day including watering and photographing plants and configuring an array of research hardware.

The seven-member Expedition 70 crew poses for a portrait inside the International Space Station’s Kibo laboratory module. In the front row (from left) are, Commander Andreas Mogensen from ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA Flight Engineers Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara. In the back are, Roscosmos Flight Engineers Nikolai Chub, Konstantin Borisov, and Oleg Kononenko; and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa.

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« Reply #550 on: 12/08/2023 07:39 pm »
NASA’s AWE’s “First Light” Images Received

Desiree Apodaca Posted on December 8, 2023

NASA’s Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) has recently captured initial images of the mesosphere from its perch on the International Space Station. AWE was installed on the Space Station on Nov. 18, and initial commands were sent to the instrument on Nov. 20. The first images recently captured, or “first light” images, represent a milestone that confirms the instrument is functioning as designed and the mission is operating as expected.

AWE is providing global-scale observations of atmospheric gravity waves (AGWs) at the mesopause region, 54 miles (87 kilometers) above Earth. Once researchers are able to analyze AWE’s observations, they will be able to study how AGWs form by weather events on Earth and are transported through Earth’s atmosphere. This will also help us understand AGWs broader role in the upper atmosphere known as the ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere and their effects on space weather.

AWE is led by Ludger Scherliess at Utah State University in Logan, and it is managed by the Explorers Program Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory built the AWE instrument and provides the mission operations center.

AWE Ground Systems & Mission Operations Manager Pedro Sevilla of the Solar Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), along with Emeritus Principal Investigator Michael Taylor and Principal Investigator Ludger Scherliess of Utah State University’s College of Science, observe some of the first live images from the AWE instrument being transmitted from the International Space Station to AWE’s Mission Operations Center at SDL. Credit: SDL/Allison Bills

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« Reply #551 on: 12/08/2023 08:16 pm »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/07/2023

Bill Keeter Posted on December 7, 2023


BioFabrication Facility (BFF): Cardiac cells were inserted into the BioFabrication Facility and printing sessions were initiated. Using 3D biological printers to produce usable human organs has long been a dream of scientists and doctors around the globe; however, printing the tiny, complex structures found inside human organs, such as capillary structures, has proven difficult to accomplish in Earth’s gravity environment. To overcome this challenge, Techshot designed their BFF experiment to print organ-like tissues in microgravity, acting as a steppingstone in a long-term plan to manufacture whole human organs in space using refined biological 3D printing techniques.

Fiber Optic Production-2 (FOP-2): Print Sample S/N 1015 was setup in the FOP-2 facility in preparation of a print run. FOP-2 builds on previous work to manufacture commercial optical fibers in microgravity using a blend of elements called ZBLAN.  Earlier theoretical and experimental studies suggest ZBLAN optical fibers produced in microgravity exhibit qualities superior to those of fibers produced on Earth.  Results from FOP-2 could help further verify these studies and guide manufacture of high value optical fiber aboard the space station for commercial use.

Japanese Experiment Module – Exposed Facility (JEM-EF): The Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) was Installed onto the JEM Airlock Slide Table in preparation for J-SSOD-27 installation. JEM-EF is an external platform that can hold up to 10 experiment payloads at a time outside Kibo. The first JAXA instruments are Space Environment Data Acquisition Equipment-Attached Payload (SEDA-AP) and Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI). The first NASA instruments will be a hyperspectral imager and an ionosphere detector.

Plant Habitat: The Plant Habitat Environmental Control System (ECS S/N-0003) was removed and replaced with ECS-0001 within the Growth Chamber. The Advanced Plant Habitat (Plant Habitat) is a fully automated facility that is used to conduct plant bioscience research on the ISS. It occupies the lower half of the EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack and one powered International Subrack Interface Standard (ISIS) drawer, providing a large, enclosed, environmentally controlled chamber.

Sleep in Orbit: The ear electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors were removed and data recording was stopped before temp stowing the hardware. The Long-term Sleep Monitoring Before, During and After Extended Spaceflight (Sleep In Orbit) investigation studies the physiological differences between sleep on Earth and in space using ear-EEG based sleep monitoring.

SpaceWear Monitor: SpaceWear data was transferred to the ground and the hardware was stowed. The purpose of the Demonstration of a Wearable for Space and Extreme Environments (SpaceWear Monitor) technology demonstration is to prove the functionality of the Wearable Health Monitoring System by a crew member aboard the ISS.


SpX-29 Cargo Transfer Operations: The crew continued transferring science and supplies to and from the SpaceX-29 cargo vehicle in support of science and ISS operations. SpaceX-29 will remain docked with the ISS until December.

ISS Very High Frequency-1 (VHF-1) Communications Checkout: A communications checkout was performed by the crew and ground teams between the US Orbital Segment (USOS) and Mission Control Center – Houston (MCC-H). ISS VHF-1 provides the emergency back-up in the USOS for ISS-to-ground communications. Communication checks to confirm good read backs were also performed with International Partners (IPs). These tests are completed annually to verify VHF communication with each VHF-equipped groundsite.

Completed Task List Activities:

    WHC KTO Replace

Today’s Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

    High Beta Operations
    N3 TCCS Data Gathering
    ISS VHF-1 Comm Checkout Support Operations

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« Reply #552 on: 12/09/2023 03:08 am »
International Space Station
This week on #SpaceToGround, the station celebrates its 25th anniversary, science investigations continue, and Progress 86 arrives to the orbiting laboratory.

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« Reply #553 on: 12/09/2023 06:36 pm »
Loral O'Hara
This is, in my opinion, some of the most exciting research underway. Oceans on other planets!

Vast amounts of water—a building block of life as we know it—are suspected to lie beneath the icy crusts of some moons in our solar system.

Early in 2023, experts discussed concepts to explore these ocean worlds as @NASAAstrobio searches for life beyond Earth.

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« Reply #554 on: 12/10/2023 03:36 pm »
While working a comm drop out issue last week,  CAPCOM mentioned the probable culprit was probably TDRS-275--i.e. TDRS-Z.  Apparently the damage caused to the Guam Relay terminal has been repaired, at least at some level.
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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« Reply #555 on: 12/11/2023 03:48 pm »
Andreas Mogensen
Today, I will be speaking with two Nobel Prize laureates from 2023, Ferenc Krausz and Moungi Bawendi, who are currently in Stockholm, Sweden. They have been awarded prizes in the fields of physics and chemistry, respectively, for their groundbreaking work with superfast lasers used to investigate electrons (Ferenc) and for the development of quantum dots (Moungi), which can be found in TVs today and may contribute to faster electronics in the future. I hope we'll have the opportunity to geek out a bit and discuss exciting science, both up here and on Earth.

For this call, I'm bringing along a Nobel Prize awarded to the Danish physicist Niels Bohr 101 years ago for his work on the structure of the atom. It's a great honor to be able to have it on my Huginn mission, and I would like to thank the Museum of National History in Denmark for making it possible for me to bring a piece of history into space.

You can tune in today from 14:45 CET (13:45 GMT) on ESA WebTV:

#NobelPrize2023 #Huginn #CallingEarth #Frederiksborg #frederiksborgcastle #frederiksborgslot

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« Reply #556 on: 12/11/2023 03:53 pm »
Expedition 70 Astronaut Mogensen Talks with Nobel Prize Laureates - Dec. 11, 2023

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« Reply #557 on: 12/11/2023 04:34 pm »
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Finally tonight 🚀
#Live streaming with Astronaut Furukawa

Live streaming of communication between the International Space Station (ISS) and Tokyo on YouTube 🌟
Graduate students related to the small lunar landing demonstration vehicle SLIM project will also be participating 🌕 Please pay attention to the interaction with Mr. Furukawa!

Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa's ISS communication (VIP call)

JAXA Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa from the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" on the International Space Station (ISS) will be connected to a special studio in the Prime Minister's Office for real-time communication (VIP calls). Astronaut Furukawa is working on a variety of missions in the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" that are connected to life on Earth and international space exploration of the Moon and Mars.

Broadcast date and time:
Monday, December 11, 2023 from around 19:17 for approximately 20 minutes

[Special Studio in the Prime Minister's Office]
Masahito Moriyama Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Sanae Takaichi, Minister of State for Special Missions (Space Policy), Cabinet Office
JAXA Small Lunar Lander Demonstrator Seven current graduate students connected to laboratories involved in the SLIM project
Koichi Wakata JAXA Astronaut (Facilitator)

[International Space Station “Kibo” Japanese Experiment Module]
Satoshi Furukawa JAXA Astronaut

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« Reply #558 on: 12/11/2023 06:47 pm »
ISS Research
Astronaut @AstroJaws sets up hardware for Cell Gravisensing-2 while aboard @Space_Station. This study measures how cells sense and respond to gravity during spaceflight. It could help scientists understand molecular biology and improve medical treatments on Earth and in space.

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« Reply #559 on: 12/11/2023 06:52 pm »
Crew Keeps Up Space Research and Packs Dragon for Earth Return

Mark Garcia Posted on December 11, 2023

Space physics, aging research, and science hardware filled the schedule at the beginning of the week for the Expedition 70 crew. The International Space Station residents are also packing a U.S. cargo craft for its departure and return to Earth at the end of the week.

Space manufacturing is the next big step toward commercializing low-Earth orbit. Researchers are taking advantage of the weightless environment to create advanced fiber optic cables that are superior to those manufactured on Earth. NASA Flight Engineer Loral O’Hara worked in the Destiny laboratory module swapping optical fiber samples being produced and drawn inside Destiny’s Microgravity Science Glovebox. The samples are made from zirconium, barium, lanthanum, and aluminum sodium fluoride and provide unique optical transmission capabilities. Results may benefit a range of industries and applications such as atmospheric monitoring from space and laser surgery on Earth.

NASA Flight Engineer Jasmin Moghbeli spent the afternoon in the Kibo laboratory module researching space-caused aging symptoms like those seen in the elderly on Earth. She removed liver stem cell samples from an incubator then processed them inside Kibo’s Life Science Glovebox. The Space AGE investigation is observing how aged immune cells affect liver regeneration providing deeper insights into the biology of aging and its effects on disease mechanisms.

ESA (European Space Agency) Commander Andreas Mogensen spent the majority of his day on biomedical duties collecting, processing, and stowing his blood and urine samples for future analysis. The two-time station visitor also serviced gear supporting a study investigating how 360-degree virtual reality experiences may benefit crew psychology on long-term space missions.

Starting his morning in the Kibo lab, astronaut Satoshi Furukawa loaded a small satellite orbital deployer into Kibo’s airlock. The Japanese robotic arm will grapple the deployer and remove it from the airlock after it is depressurized and opened. The deployer will then be positioned outside and pointing away from the station for the release of a series of CubeSats into Earth orbit for educational, private, and governmental research.

Furukawa later joined Moghbeli transferring frozen research samples from station science freezers into the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft. Dragon will return to Earth at the end of the week carrying the preserved samples inside science cargo freezers for retrieval and analysis. O’Hara also packed Dragon with return cargo securing it inside the spacecraft for the descent into Earth’s atmosphere and splashdown off the coast of Florida.

Veteran cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko kicked off his day transferring water from the Progress 86 resupply ship into the space station. Cosmonaut Nikolai Chub worked throughout Monday studying how electrical and magnetic fields affect fluid systems in microgravity. Flight Engineer Konstantin Borisov checked out electrical components and control panels, watered plants for a space botany study, then replaced Roscosmos computer software.

Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli processes liver stem cell samples for the Space AGE investigation that is exploring the age-related loss of regenerative capacity.


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