SpaceX astronauts bring research funded by ISS National Laboratory to orbital lab

Today, four astronauts heading to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of SpaceX’s 5th Commercial Crew mission will begin a six-month odyssey into space research.

Launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Crew-5 astronauts have conducted numerous research investigations funded by the ISS National Laboratory.

Throughout the mission, the astronauts will support hundreds of research and technology development investigations, some of which are funded by the ISS National Laboratory.

One such investigation is by the biotech company Lambda Vision a company that has previously launched investigations into space with the goal of creating a protein-based artificial retina that can restore vision to patients with degenerative eye diseases.

“LambdaVision hopes to demonstrate that manufacturing an artificial retina by building multiple thin layers of protein on the surface in microgravity improves its overall uniformity,” according to a statement.

Additionally, a study from Los Alamos National Laboratory in collaboration with National Laboratory Commercial Service Provider ISS Rhodium Scientific accompanied the astronauts. This survey assesses gut bacteria, taking a closer look at specific gut bacteria only change in space. Surname could affect future astronauts and space travelers. The project builds on the team’s previous research on the space station.

Over the next six months, astronauts will carry out the aforementioned investigations and dozens of other space station projects on NASA-funded Commercial Resupply Services missions.

“The ISS National Laboratory-funded projects set to launch on upcoming missions will advance the orbital laboratory for physical and life science research, advanced materials and technology development,” according to a statement.


As space exploration increaseshealth and safety concerns are prevalent, especially regarding long space missions.

This early year,, the maker of EEG helmets, has emerged with $8.5 million in stealth and plans to measure the neural activity of three astronauts on the ISS to assess the effects of cosmic light on the brain. Each astronaut must participate in experiments before, during, and after the mission.

To study the health and performance of astronauts in commercial flights, Space Health Translational Research Institute (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine launched EXPAND (Advanced eXploration Platform and Similar Definition). This research platform collects data from flights and keeps it in a centralized database to improve the health of astronauts and find innovations for use on Earth.


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