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5 Significant ISS Life Science Projects of 2017

1 Jan 2018, 05:05 UTC
5 Significant ISS Life Science Projects of 2017
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Wow. 2017 was a busy year on the ISS! 4 Dragons, 2 Cygnus (Cygni?) and 3 Progress spacecraft delivered ~140 new experiments to 12 bustling crew members living on the orbiting outpost during the year. In other words, of all the payloads ever delivered to the ISS, ~11% were delivered in just this year.
These are in no special order, just off the top of my head. My selection criteria was: projects I think improved ISS micro-g research capabilities, created new opportunities to the micro-g community or had high chance for meaningful results.
Which ISS payloads do you think were significant in 2017?

First Chinese Payload on The ISS
Experiment Name:
NanoRacks-BIT-1 (NanoRacks-Beijing Institute of Technology-1: DNA Mismatch during a PCR Reaction Exposed to the Space Environment)
Principal Investigator:
Yulin Deng, Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), Beijing, China
Developer(s):
NanoRacks, LLC, Webster, TX, United States
Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
The science behind this project was like most experiments going to the ISS: basic, but has potential for important results. So why was it the first one I thought of?
Because one of the barriers to micro-g research is access. This project introduced a new route for ...

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