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Biotechnological Research on ISS Russian Segment

GCF Experiment


"GCF" 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.



"GCF" experiment is a continuation of the studies that began during STS-95 mission when three experiments were performed using crystallization units APCF in order to test crystallization technique that uses counter-diffusion method in zero gravity. This mission will use the already developed crystallization technique on new equipment - GCF crystallization unit.

Objective:

Protein crystallization in zero gravity to study spatio-temporal oversaturation patterns in the course of protein crystal nuclei formation and growth using the technique of counter-diffusion in gel.

Tasks:

Developmental testing of crystallization process in GCF unit based on counter-diffusion technique using X-ray capillaries as a protein chamber.

Equipment Used:

  • Thermal insulation transport container GCF 01;
  • GCF 02 kit to return the experiment results to Earth.

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