Human Life Research on ISS Russian Segment

FRTL-5 Experiment


Experiment FRTL-5 forms part of the scientific research program performed by Italian Astronaut Roberto Vittori (ESA) on the Russian Segment of the ISS in the frame of ENEIDE ISM Project. The European Space Agency is a customer of the preparation and implementation of the research program.



Objective:

Assess the effects of Space ambience (microgravity, radiation) on normal, differentiated in vitro cultures of Fisher rat thyroid cells. This unique in vitro test system allow to use cells in quiescent state (non proliferating) which can be kept almost indefinitely without culture medium exchanges or any manipulations.

Task:

Exposure of animal cell samples on the ISS RS.

Science Hardware Used:

  • Container with 10 culture flasks presenting sealed culture bottles. Each flask will accommodate rat thyroid cell strains (FRTL5). FRTL-5 cells are presented in two different states, i.e. proliferative and standby (non-proliferative) states, with 5 samples in each state.

  • AQUARIUS B Incubator
    for cells exposure on the ISS RS.

Experiment Results:

Exposed rat thyroid cell strains (FRTL5) returned to the ground.

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