Science Continues on the International Space Station

One-Year crew speaks to reporters
One-Year crew members Scott Kelly (left) and Mikhail Kornienko (right) took a few minutes out of their day to speak to media. Credit: NASA

The Expedition 43 crew continued their work on Wednesday with a variety of research and technology demonstration activities.

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Terry Virts studied the effects of microgravity on living organisms for the Rodent Research experiment. They are looking at mice and how their body systems change in space. The results may promote the development of new drugs tackling the effects of aging and disease on Earth.

Meanwhile, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti continued operations with the Triplelux-A experiment and adjusted imaging equipment on the Electromagnetic Levitation study.

The crew was also notified in the morning that the planned docking of Progress 59 has been called off. Both the Russian and USOS segments of the station continue to operate normally and are adequately supplied well beyond the next planned resupply flight.

Russian flight controllers are continuing to assess the vehicle and what the plan going forward will be. More information will be provided as available.


12 thoughts on “Science Continues on the International Space Station”

  1. First of all, I hope all the Station Denizens have enough clean underwear to last a while…sorry, but I would like to thank All the folks at NASA, who have never lost sight of the goals of this wonderful program…I won’t feel comfortable until we have our own launch systems based in the USofA and made in the USofA…The Russians are good partners, even in these times, but we really need to lead on the further exploration of our surrounding Space, and into the Final Frontier…Mr. Bolden is a terrific leader with a good sense of where the science is leading us…Thanks for the effort…

  2. thanks to NASA and the astronauts in the space station for doing the important science work so we can understand better how space effects the human body and other Thanks God bless my prayers are with you keep up that good job.

  3. Complimenti x il grande lavoro che fate ogni giorno. Spesso dopo aver letto le analisi della Cristoforetti mi rendo conto che fate dei grossi sacrifici x la scienza. Speriamo che un giorno l’umanita ve ne sara’ grata. Inoltre tutto CIO mi ha permesso di apprezzare ancora di più questo nostro meraviglioso pianeta e riconoscere che tutto ciò è solo frutto di un’azione volontaria Suprema dettata dalla più grande forza dell universo come disse Heinsthein “l’Amore”. La stessa che vedo motivare i vostri sforzi. Grazie ancora

  4. its a bit warning of improvement of our robotic exploration !!!! hope you guys will reveal the best solutions as you are capable of . best of luck !! akhr chy

  5. Hi, my name is Harshwardhan and I am from India. My question is what can I do after completing my class 12 for becoming an Astronaut ?
    And my another question is :
    How the astronaut feel when he/she sleep in ISS sleeping bed ?

  6. It looks like some level of gravity is maintained inside the International Space Station. If yes, how is that possible?

  7. Im interested in long time living in zero g and wonder if somebody tried to keep mice in space and breed young there (F1 generation, eventually F2) to examine if, or in how state they can return on the Earth
    (if mice can survive Soyuz return) and how will be the effect the space environment (radiation, zero g, stress) on them.

  8. That is really interesting, I am 15, and have recently taken a liking to space lately. Just the fact that we know so little compared to the universe in total, I want to find out more and come work here at NASA, in space exploration. My cousin is a mechanical engineer for the ORION project, and it sounds really cool, even though that is not the field I want to go in. But good job on the mice studies, you may just save a whole lot of medical issues that happen to astronauts here on here after they have been in space.

  9. NASA has always inspired and amazed me, I was around during the Apollo missions back in grade School, Sunset Valley Grade school south if Beaverton Oregon, the Hubble images are always awesome.

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