Botany Research and Medical Training for Crew Today

Indian Ocean
A crew member photographed this portion of the Indian Ocean about 650 miles south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Credit: Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

The Expedition 49 trio is looking at plant growth today after the successful deployment of eight nanosatellites Thursday. The crew also inspected a treadmill and trained to care for a sick or injured crew member.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins swapped seeds in a cultivator for the Plant RNA Regulation experiment. Some seeds were stowed in a science freezer, the other seeds will be grown in the cultivator for a week to research how microgravity changes a plant’s gene expression. Observations may provide new insights on how to grow plants for food and oxygen on long-term spaceflights.

Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi thoroughly inspected a treadmill inside the Tranquility module photographing its parts for analysis on the ground. Onishi also took a refresher course to stay up to date on medical procedures and gear in case of a crew illness or injury.

Commander Anatoly Ivanishin collected data from a radiation detection experiment and worked maintenance on a variety of Russian systems throughout Friday.


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4 thoughts on “Botany Research and Medical Training for Crew Today”

  1. THESE PEOPLE ARE MY TRUE HEROS…..THIS IS VERY SCARY,AND I AM ALWAYS CONCERNED FOR THEIR

    WELFARE AND SAFETY. I LOVE THE PHOTOS, BOTH DAY AND NIGHT.

  2. I find the botany research quite interesting. Learning how plant genes are impacted under such circumstances can be groundbreaking for future journeys.

  3. IT APPEARS THAT EVERY DAY A SMALL PARTICLE OF KNOWLEDGE IS DISCOVERED FOR HUMANITY. I FOLLOW YOUR STEPS EVERY DAY. MARVELOUS WORK. GREAT STUFF, GOOD LUCK WITH ALL YOUR WORK,

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