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The SpaceX-19 Dragon spacecraft successfully returned to earth .

Pacific Ocean, January 7th 2020 – The SpaceX-19 Dragon spacecraft successfully returned to earth with a splash down in the Pacific Ocean. The capsule left the ISS under the command of the Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano at 10:05 GMT (11:05 Italian local time) and returned to earth in less than six hours. The SpaceX-19 mission also returned the scientific samples of the biological experiments ESA ROTIFER B-1 ( University of Namur, Belgium) and ASI XENOGRISS (a team of italian scientists including the students of Istituto Tecnico Industriale “Meucci”,), both developed by Kayser Italia. The samples will be delivered to the investigators in the next days for the final analysis.

ROTIFER B-1 wants to study the overall impact of the spaceflight, including  launch effects, microgravity, cosmic radiation and landing shocks on a biological sample in a hydrated state. XENOGRISS studies the behavior of the XENOPUS LAEVIS, a particularly resistant tadpoles , and it will be very important to understand the processes that regulate the human tissues.

On the ISS, ROTIFER B-1 experiment used the ESA KUBIK incubator while XENOGRISS was implemented in a Kayser Italia standard BIOKON container.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The KUBIK incubator (Photo Kayser Italia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XENOGRISS in the BIOKON container


 

ESA releases pictures of Luca Parmitano performing BIOROCK experiment.

December 13, 2019. ESA releases pictures of Luca Parmitano performing BIOROCK experiment: BIOROCK experiment investigated how microgravity affects the interaction between microbes and rocks. The experiment was performed in July/August 2019. A related experiment, called BioAsteroid, is scheduled for the end of 2020. Both experiments use bioreactors specifically developed by Kayser Italia.“

(Photo credit ESA)

 

 


 

Xenogriss last update

Cape Canaveral, December 3th , 2019. All set for the next launch of SPACEX-CRS 19. On board the biological experiment XenoGriss for the analysis of the growth and of the regeneration processes of tissues in absence of gravity. The study will be carried out on XENOPUS LAEVIS, a particularly resistant tadpoles , and it will be very important to understand the processes that regulate the human tissues. The experiment will be possible thanks to the BIOKON system developed by Kayser Italia, which will allow the transportation and execution of scientific operations on the International Space Station. The XenoGriss project coordinator is the Prof. Angela Maria Rizzo (Università degli Studi di Milano). The project will be realized by the students with the guide of Prof. Stefano Cartocci (ITIS “Meucci”, Firenze) and Prof. Monica Monici (Università degli Studi di Firenze) .

 


 

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