Human Life Research on ISS Russian Segment

VIRUS Experiment

VIRUS experiment is a part of the science research activities to be performed aboard the ISS RS by Frank de Winne, ESA astronaut of Belgian nationality in the frame of the ODISSEA Project. The European Space Agency and Belgian Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs (OSTC) are customers of the preparation and implementation of the scientific program.


Determination of the frequency of induced reactivation of latent viruses, latent virus shedding, and clinical disease after exposure to the physical, physiological, and psychological stressors associated with staying in space flight environment.


Laboratory analysis of saliva samples taken before, during and after the flight to investigate alterations in the immune system, the potential for reactivation and dissemination (shedding) of latent viruses.


  • Saliva Kit with a set of saliva samplers.

Experiment Results:

Saliva samples located in Saliva kits.