Human Life Research on ISS Russian Segment

ACTIN Experiment


Experiment ACTIN is a part of the scientific research program to be conducted by ESA astronaut of the Dutch nationality Andre Kuipers onboard the ISS RS in the frame of DSM Delta Project. The European Space Agency is a customer of the preparation and implementation of the research program.



Objective:

Study of the effect of microgravity on the structure of actin microfilaments in mammalian cells, activated or not with growth factors.

Task:

Incubation of mammalian cells in microgravity conditions.

KUBIK AMBER

Science Hardware Used:

  • ACTIN experiment containers (8 units) each one includes a plunger box unit filled with mouse fibroblasts.
  • ACTIN, ICE-FIRST Biokit for return of the experiment results to the ground.
  • KUBIK AMBER is a thermally insulated container (incubator) with a set of mounting slots for KAPPA experiment containers with the insert centrifuge. The experiment is conducted in this container.
  • KUBIK TOPAZ is a thermally insulated container (incubator) with a set of mounting slots for stowage of KAPPA experiment containers after completion of the experiment until the re-entry and for transportation of ACTIN experiment containers to ISS RS.
  • Electronics units.
  • Memory modules.
  • AQUARIUS incubator.

KUBIK TOPAZ AQUARIUS incubator

Experiment Results:

Incubated mouse fibroblasts in ACTIN experiment containers.

ISS Crew


PARMITANO Luka PARMITANO
Luka



KOCH Christina  KOCH
Christina



SKVORTSOV Alexandr SKVORTSOV
Alexandr



MORGAN   Andrew MORGAN
Andrew



  SKRIPOCHKA
Oleg



   MEIR
Jessica