Cancer and Heart Studies, Spacesuit Swaps Aboard Station Today

Four Expedition 64 crew members are pictured relaxing after a meal at the end of the work day inside the Unity module.
Four Expedition 64 crew members are pictured relaxing after a meal at the end of the work day inside the Unity module.

Life science continues ramping up aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition 64 crew explores cancer therapies and heart conditions.

NASA Flight Engineers Kate Rubins and Victor Glover set up research hardware to create high quality antibody crystals Thursday morning for a new cancer study. The space medical research could accelerate the development of advanced therapies on Earth that target cancer cells.

Rubins then spent the afternoon servicing samples for the Cardinal Heart study that observes microgravity’s affect on aging and weakening heart muscles. Glover participated in ultrasound eye exams with fellow Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi.

NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, with assistance from Noguchi, spent the day swapping U.S. spacesuits inside the SpaceX Cargo Dragon resupply ship today. One spacesuit was launched to the station on Sunday ready for operations another will return to Earth next month for maintenance.

Station Commander Sergey Ryzhikov configured gear inside the Poisk mini-research module before working on the Zarya module’s ventilation system. Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov swapped fuel bottles inside the Combustion Integrated Rack that enables safe research into fuel and flame studies.

4 thoughts on “Cancer and Heart Studies, Spacesuit Swaps Aboard Station Today”

  1. All of you are hero’s our hearts are with you.. Keep up the GREAT work .
    With love from McMinnville. Tn.
    Oh and yes .. We hillbillies look up every night. Lol.

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