Space Life Science

Astronauts Initiate Tardigrade Experiment on ISS

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
NASA
August 2, 2021
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Astronauts Initiate Tardigrade Experiment on ISS
Astronauts Initiate Tardigrade Experiment on ISS
NASA

On July 13, 2021, the Cell Science-04 (CS-04) mission’s first science operation was successfully conducted onboard the ISS. The on-orbit activities included setup of the Life Sciences Glovebox and the injection of tardigrades into the flow paths of the Bioculture System research platform.

On July 14, 2021, the Near-Synchronous Ground Control (NSGC) was also successfully initiated in the Cell Science lab at NASA Ames Research Center to mimic the on-orbit activities. Dr. Thomas Boothby’s CS-04 investigation is studying tardigrades to characterize their short-term and multigenerational survival by identifying genes required for adaptation and survival in high-stress environments.

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