Extremeophiles and Extreme Environments

Preflight Picture Of A Space-Bound Tardigrade

By Keith Cowing
Status Report
NASA
January 16, 2023
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Preflight Picture Of A Space-Bound Tardigrade
A preflight light micrograph of a typical terrestrial tardigrade of the Milnesium genus seen at 40X Boothby Lab.

A preflight light micrograph of a typical terrestrial tardigrade of the Milnesium genus seen at 40X magnification.

The objective of the Using Water Bears to Identify Biological Countermeasures to Stress during Multigenerational (Cell Science-04) investigation is to characterize the molecular biology of short term and multigenerational survival in the space environment by identifying genes that are required for adaptation and survival in high stress environments.

Image courtesy of Boothby Lab. NASA ID: jsc2021e019949 jsc2021e019949 (5/29/2021) – larger image

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