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NASA has designed and built a new multi-capability microscope to expand the ability of scientists to study the effects of the space environment on physics and biology onboard the International Space Station. The microscope is designed and built to be isolated from the vibrations on the station and allow it to obtain clear, high-resolution images from space. Using high-resolution magnification, scientists will easily be able to examine microorganisms and the individual cells of plants and animals, including humans. A fully functional light and fluorescence microscope will allow for real-time study of the effects of the space environment on without the need to return the samples back to Earth. In addition, any living specimens returned to Earth for study must endure the additional effects of re-entry. The ability to use the Light Microscopy Module (LMM) on station will enable scientists to study data unaffected by re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

"The butterfly wing was used in a previous study called 'Butterflies in Space,' which involved students across the nation and was flown aboard STS-129 in 2009. The worms include two containers that have descendants of the worms that survived the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) accident and another container that contains worms that have been modified to fluoresce. The ability to observe florescence under a microscope on station is important because scientists commonly attach green, yellow and red florescent proteins to study gene expression."

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Light Microscopy Module (LMM) experiment on the International Space Station. C. Elegans (Worms) Hi-Res

DPI: 96
Width & Height (in inches): 6.5 x 5.25
File size: 156 KB
Caption: C. Elegans (worms)

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Light Microscopy Module (LMM) experiment on the International Space Station. Mouse Tissue Slide Hi-Res

DPI:180
Width & Height (in inches): 18 x 13
File size: 3.15 MB
Caption: Mouse tissue slide

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Light Microscopy Module (LMM) experiment on the International Space Station. Multiple Samples Slide Hi-Res

DPI:180
Width & Height (in inches): 18 x 13
File size: 3.19 MB
Caption: Slide containing a typed letter, bee, fluorescent sample, and a leaf

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Light Microscopy Module (LMM) experiment on the International Space Station. Butterfly Wing Slide Hi-Res

DPI:180
Width & Height (in inches): 18 x 13
File size: 3.16 MB
Caption: Butterfly wing slide

Credit: Courtesy NASA





Katherine Martin
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland
216-433-2406
katherine.martin@nasa.gov

Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington
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stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov

Rachel Hoover / Karen Jenvey
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
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rachel.hoover@nasa.gov