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IMMUNO samples return with 34S

 

Baikonur, 10 September 2013 - The samples of the IMMUNO experiment have been successfully transported to ground by the members of the ISS Expedition 36 flying back home with the Russian  Soyuz TMA-08M capsule. The samples have been transported using a Kayser Italia “mini-ECCO” thermo-insulated transport container, prepared on board by the Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano. Thanks to the developed technology, the transport container has been able to keep the scientific material down to -29 °C for all the duration of the flight and of the transport to the research center (about 2 days) with no need of any external power.

The Russian Space Agency explicitly requested the use of the mini-ECCO container after its successful use in two past ESA experiments.

The high thermal performance of the ECCO transport containers family are effectively supporting the transfer of biological samples to and from the International Space Station. That allows the Scientists to have back their biological material after its permanence in space, without requiring demanding active thermal controls.

The IMMUNO experiment aims to study the stress and the immune responses during the challenging life of the astronauts in space and wants to lead to the development of solutions to support future long duration space missions.

(Image credits : ESA, Kayser Italia)

 


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