A password will be e-mailed to you.

Station supply run includes new door to space, fresh fruits and veggies for astronauts

New research from UF, Christmas gifts headed to the ISS in SpaceX Cargo Dragon

The seven astronauts living in space welcomed a special mailing. Weeks apart from the actual holidays. Their package included Christmas gifts and edible treats but also many new science experiments. SpaceX launched its 21st cargo equipment charge for NASA from Kennedy Space Center Sunday. When the Falcon 9 rocket sent the Cargo Dragon spaceship on its way to the International Space Station. It landed about 24 hours later Monday afternoon, delivering 6,400 pounds of analysis, types of equipment, and goodies for the astronauts. Currently, there are four NASA astronauts, one Japanese and two Russian cosmonauts on the ISS. Also, the crew Dragon arrived last month bringing four astronauts. Through a NASA briefing Friday, Jennifer Scott Williams, with NASA’s ISS Program Research Office, told the astronaut’s work. The Food Lab at Johnson Space Center to choose their favorites for retreat, including any special demands.

Scott Williams stated that, for this mission, we’ve got some fresh apples and oranges and lemons going up. The astronauts really don’t get a chance to eat fresh fruits and vegetables as long as they’re in space. There’s also going to be some cooked meals for the holiday season, including adjustments for a turkey feast, and some fun cakes.

  The very first launch with SpaceX’s re-designed cargo capsule

This can now fit 50% more in than the earlier spacecraft, which expects more opportunity for science. One of the research attempts directed to the laboratory on ISS is led by the University of Florida and AdventHealth to examine how muscle cells react to zero-gravity. Dr. Paul Coen, an associate researcher with AdventHealth, said the investigation group has been growing “lab on a chip” technology to raise and study muscle cells in space. Noted* The whole experiment is self-contained and won’t require any tending from the astronauts. This is considered to be “shoebox-size technology” that is fully automatic, Coen added. But the study will, ultimately, help astronauts and everyday people.

The negative effects of spaceflight are that there’s a vital loss of muscle mass and strength. Often our astronauts come back and they’re really deconditioned. Some cases lead them confined to a wheelchair and have to experience a difficult rehab program. The loss of muscle mass and strength isn’t something unprecedented to spaceflight. This happens on Earth as people age or during long periods of inactivity for wellness reasons.