- SFP-PCG and SFP-ICG containers
each of which is a lid-covered cylinder containing test-tubes and the cooling capsule - the so-called "ice bag".
|Bundled PCG test-tubes
PCG experiment uses about 1000 PCG test-tubes, each of which is filled with an individual nonpathogenic chemical substance. PCG test-tube is a sealed Tygon tube, each end of which is sealed by means of double thermal welding. PCG test-tubes are to be bundled, marked according to the test groups and frozen immediately after being filled.
|The "ice bag" cooling capsule
The PCG test-tubes are to be placed around the "ice bag" capsule. The capsule is a cylinder containing a material with phase transition (with melting point of minus 30° Ñ).
30-ml and 1-ml test tubes
Interior "jacket to be cooled" inside SFP-ICG container houses two test tubes of 2 ml each and 52 test tubes of 1 ml each, which are filled with samples for growing inorganic crystals. Each test tube is sterilized vessel made of high-density polyethylene, with a cap screwed on.
USED FLIGHT HARDWARE:
- Panasonic DMC-ZS3 camera
for accompanying photography.
- Comparing parameters of protein crystals obtained in zero-gravity with crystals obtained on Earth.
- Generate new protein structures of scientific interest, as well as of special importance for pharmaceutical applications.
- Obtaining inorganic crystals of diffirent colours and sizes, comparing their parameters with those obtained under earth conditions.
- Growing protein crystals on ISS RS.
- Growing inorganic crystals on ISS RS.
Crystals grown under microgravity conditions, as well as accompanying photographic information downlinked timely to the ground from the ISS RS.