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Human Life Research on ISS Russian Segment

Aquarius Experiment


"Aquarius" experiment is incorporated into the French research program ANDROMEDA, which is a constituent part of the "Program for implementation of scientific and application research planned for the third manned expedition ISS-3". CNES is a customer for preparing and carrying out the program of scientific and engineering experiments during the French astronaut mission to ISS RS.



Objective:

A study of growth a development of biological objects under zero gravity:

  • a study of development of xenopus larvae (Xenopus lavis) of different age under exposure to space-flight environment on-board Soyuz and ISS RS;
  • a study of effects of microgravity on otolith crystallization at different phases in the development of Pleurodeles waltll larvae;
  • a study of cytoskeleton, secretion, chromosome migration using bakery yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) as model.

Tasks:

Taking measurements of vestibular-ocular reflex of xenopus larvae.
Conducting an analysis of the morphology and functioning of inner ear receptor cells, as well as the morphology of xenopus larvae otoliths.
A study of the metabolism and enzymes of Pleurodeles waltll larvae that developed in space flight.
A study of molecular mechanisms that determine the cell division polarization.

Equipment Used:

  • Thermostatically controlled transportation container "AQUA 01" to support delivery of biologicals on-board ISS RS, storage of embryos in zero gravity and their fixation at certain stages of development.
  • Transportation container "AQUA 02" to support the return of the experiment results to Earth.
  • DSR-PDIP video camera.

Expected Results:

  • 12 dishes with live embryos;
  • 7 dishes with embryos held fixed at different phases in their development;
  • one dish with bakery yeast;
  • video recording of embryo behavior at the beginning and at the end of their stay on-board ISS RS;
  • temperature and pressure recorder data.

ISS Crew


OVCHININ Alexey OVCHININ
Alexey



HAGUE  Nick HAGUE
Nick



KOCH  Christina  KOCH
Christina



SKVORTSOV Alexandr SKVORTSOV
Alexandr



PARMITANO Luka PARMITANO
Luka



MORGAN   Andrew MORGAN
Andrew