Ovarian cells from cows are moo-ving to the space station, along with a batch of other science experiments aboard Northrop Grumman’s cargo ship, which launched into orbit early Monday (Nov. 7).
Cygnus Northrop Grumman cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard an Antares rocket at 5:32 am EST (1032 GMT) from NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Space Region at the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch was delayed for 24 hours due to a fire alarm at the Northrop Grumman flight center in Dulles, Virginia which forced the evacuation of the building.
The launch of the moon, however, appeared without a spot, when the Antares rocket was launched into orbit, illuminating the brilliant sky. About 8 minutes later, the Cygnus NG-18 spacecraft, named SS Sally Ride in honor of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, who died in 2012, reached orbit and was expected to deploy the twin solar arrays. If all goes well, the Cygnus spacecraft will arrive at the space station early Wednesday (Nov. 9), where it will be picked up by astronauts using a robotic arm at 5:05 am EST (1005 GMT) and attached to the open berth.
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“This is a very exciting time for research on the International Space Station,” said Heidi Parris, NASA’s associate program scientist for the station program, at a Nov. 5 announcement briefing. “Every new vehicle that launches not only brings new research, but also new capabilities.”
The Cygnus NG-18 cargo ship carries 8,265 pounds (3,749 kilograms) of supplies for the space station crew. That includes 3,608 pounds (1,637 kg) of crew supplies, 1,873 pounds (850 kg) of science gear, 145 pounds (66 kg) of space probe equipment, 2,375 pounds (1,077 kg) of vehicle hardware and 172 pounds (78 kg) of computers. capabilities, NASA officials said. Northrop Grumman said the flight is its heaviest commercial yet, and includes an extra 44 pounds (20 kg) of cargo for payload optimization.
As the cargo ship launches a week after Halloween, there have been some discussions about the astronauts boarding the Cygnus, NASA said.
“This is really our first approach, and it’s an observational study at the moment,” Fuso, who is also an associate professor at Rome’s Sapienza University, said in an Oct. 25 press conference. , researchers added that research on drugs or foods (nutraceuticals) may improve fertility outcomes in future studies.
Also in the orbiting laboratory is a 3D printer known as the BioFabrication made easierwhich also reached the space of 2019 to print some type of human cartilage (a kind of meniscus), and the cells of the human heart.
“We brought” [the printer] back to our lab in Indiana … to add a few new capabilities, such as the ability to finally control the temperature of each printhead, and now we are excited for its launch,” said Rich Boling, vice president of corporate development. for in-space manufacturing and operations company Redwire Space in the same conversation
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After another shipment, Redwire will print the new meniscus and study it in a lab so it can be prepared for future patient transplants, Boling said. Blood vessels and cardiac tissues will be formed as well. Redwire also plans to test the effectiveness of space drugs in “organoids,” or miniature versions of organs.
Boling suggests that such research would be in ” Orbital Reef, Redwire-supported commercial spaceflight in development for the 2030s. Thought led Blue Origin and Sierra Space, and includes partners such as Boeing and Amazon.
Some of the other experiments, which include his space debut, in the words of NASA (Opens in a new tab):
- Considering how to adapt the plant space: Plants exposed to space flight undergo mutations that involve the addition of extra information to their DNA, which regulates how genes turn on or off but does not change the sequence of the DNA itself. This process is known as epigenetic modification. Plant Habitat-03 (Opens in a new tab) evaluates whether such adaptations in one generation of plants grown in space can be transferred to the next generation.
- Mudflow mixture: Climate change and global warming are helping to increase the occurrence of wildfires. When the plant burns, the burned chemicals form a thin layer of soil that repels rain. Rain therefore erodes the soil and can turn into catastrophic flows that overwhelm heavy rocks and debris, causing significant damage to water infrastructure and human life. Post-Wildfire Mudflow Micro-structures (Opens in a new tab) It estimates the composition of these disturbances, which include sand, water, and air entrainment.
- First, satellites from Uganda and Zimbabwe; BIRDS-5 (Opens in a new tab) there is a constellation of CubeSats: PEARLAFRICASAT-1, the first satellite developed by Uganda; ZIMSAT-1, Zimbabwe’s first satellite; and TAKA from Japan. AVES-5 performs multiple observations of Earth using a commercial off-site camera and a high-energy electronic measuring instrument. The data collected can help distinguish bare land from forest and woodland and possibly indicate the quality of agricultural growth.
- It could be a space station; The hardware was installed outside the station in preparation for the installation of the Solar Roll-Out Arrays (Opens in a new tab).
Monday’s launch marked the first flight of Northrop’s Grumman Antares rocket, which uses the first stage and cannons of a Russian-built Ukrainian rocket since Russia invaded Ukraine in February of this year. At the time, Northrop Grumman said the company had enough parts for two Antares for its next missions: the NG-18 mission that was launched on Monday and the NG-19, which will likely launch in the first half of 2023.
“It’s really been reinvented,” Kurt Eberly, Northrop Grumman’s director of space programs, told reporters before the launch. “We have been in communication with the suppliers and the situation is normal.”
Northrop Grumman is developing an all-new first stage course built by the US company Firefly Aerospace that uses that company’s engines. Called the Antares 330, the rocket will be superior to the Antares launch vehicle and will carry payloads of up to 23,000 pounds (10,500 kilograms) into orbit, allowing its Cygnus vehicles to carry up to 11,000 (5,000 kg) of cargo.
Editor’s note: This story was updated on November 7 to note the successful launch of the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus NG-18 cargo ship.
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