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STS-131 Photos
04.14.10
 


Image of incubator for stem cells Left: Scientists will take the embryonic stems cells grown in a laboratory at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fl., and place them into bioreactors, which are installed into an incubator that fits into a shuttle middeck locker, where they will remain during flight.
Photo credit: NASA/Eduardo Almeida
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Image of Stem Cell Regeneration experiment Left: The Stem Cell Regeneration experiment onboard STS-131 will study how embryonic stem cells develop into specialized tissue types, or "differentiate" in space. The experiment will use mouse embryonic stem cells and embryoid bodies, or ball-shaped collections of embryonic stem cells, as a model to study the effects of microgravity on adult stem cells' ability to carry out their normal function of repairing and regenerating tissues. Scientists compare the embryoid body to an early stage of development in mammals because embryonic stem cells can differentiate into any of the body's many cell types.
Photo credit: NASA/Eduardo Almeida
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The Animal Enclosure Module used in the Mouse Immunology space-based experiment onboard STS-131. Left:The Animal Enclosure Module used in the Mouse Immunology space-based experiment onboard STS-131. This experiment will study the influence of microgravity on mice immune systems. The experiment's principal investigator, Millie Hughes-Fulford, former NASA astronaut and professor in the Departments of Medicine and Urology at the University of California, San Francisco will test whether an immune system response to a new infection or re-infection is affected by spaceflight.
Photo Credit: NASA/Dominic Hart
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