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Space mice, radiation vests, robotic avatars and recycling polymers for 3-D printers are among the science experiments bound for the International Space Station on the next commercial resupply mission from Virginia.
Northrop Grumman's 12th robotic mission—and its first under a new NASA contract—is set to launch no earlier than 9:59 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, from the state-owned Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island.
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Antares rocket launches are visible from Hampton Roads and throughout the mid-Atlantic, weather permitting.
This latest cargo run of an uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft has NASA scientists turning nostalgic.
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"We're a little over a year away from a big milestone for us: 20 years of continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station," Bryan Dansberry, assistant program scientist for the ISS, said to reporters in a phone call Thursday.
"Over 19 years ago, the station started out as an orbiting outpost that has really evolved into a robust and surprisingly versatile laboratory."
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To date, Dansberry said, more than 2,900 investigations have been conducted by nearly 4,000 investigators representing 108 countries. Last month, astronauts set a record: one week of 127 hours of astronaut time devoted to research, besting the record set in May.
And this year, said Michael Roberts, interim chief scientist for the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, "is the most prolific year of research on the space station by a wide margin."
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When the next Cygnus spacecraft arrives, station crew will unload groceries, hardware and about 4,600 pounds of science payload. They'll find the latest in a Budweiser investigation into how germinated barley seeds can be processed in a microgravity environment, and an alliance of Italian auto-maker Lamborghini and Houston Methodist Research Institute to test the strength of 3-D-printed carbon fibers in space.
Other experiments include:
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Rodent Research-14 marks the first time a life sciences mission using rodents will launch on a Cygnus. The goal is to...
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