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SpaceX Dragon Returns ISS National Lab-sponsored Payloads to Earth

8 Apr 2020, 15:41 UTC
SpaceX Dragon Returns ISS National Lab-sponsored Payloads to Earth
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., April 7, 2020 (ISS National Lab PR) – SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft successfully splashed down today off the coast of California, bringing back dozens of research investigations sponsored by the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory.

The successful splashdown and science return marks the completion of SpaceX’s 20th commercial resupply services (CRS) mission to the space station (contracted by NASA) to send critical research and supplies to the orbiting laboratory. The Dragon spacecraft spent approximately 30 days berthed to the space station before returning to Earth.

When Dragon returned, it brought back a variety of investigations in the life and physical sciences. Included are biological samples returning from a rodent research investigation sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine that launched to the space station on Northrop Grumman CRS-12 in 2019.

This experiment is aimed at exploring the effects of microgravity on circadian rhythm and how disruptions to this internal clock affect metabolism. By using an animal model in space, where circadian rhythm is disrupted, this investigation will contribute to our understanding of human metabolic disorders such as liver disease, diabetes, and illnesses associated with obesity.

Also returning on this mission is America’s first bioprinter ...

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