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Clean Bench
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Facility Summary

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Brief Summary

Clean Bench (CB) is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) subrack facility; it is a glovebox with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter and high-performance optical microscope. CB is housed in the Saibo (living cell) Experiment Rack along with the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF).

Facility Manager(s)

  • Tai Nakamura, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan
  • Facility Representative(s)

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    Developer(s)

    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, , Japan

    Sponsoring Space Agency

    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

    Sponsoring Organization

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    ISS Expedition Duration

    April 2008 - March 2010

    Expeditions Assigned

    17,18,19/20,21/22

    Previous ISS Missions

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    Availability

  • Onboard
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    Facility Overview

    • Clean Bench (CB) is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) subrack facility; it is a glovebox with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter and a high-performance optical microscope. CB is housed in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), Kibo, on the International Space Station (ISS).


    • CB is located within the Saibo (living cell) Experiment Rack with the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) subrack facility.
    Clean Bench (CB) is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) subrack facility located in the Saibo (living cell) Experiment Rack. CB consists of two compartments: the Disinfection Chamber (DC) and the Operation Chamber (OC). Air circulated inside is kept clean by High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. Crewmembers operate the experiment materials from outside using gloves to prevent contamination of the ambient air. The OC of the CB also contains a specially designed microscope that can accommodate bright-field, phase-contrast, and fluorescence microscopy modes. The objective lens can be switched among the following four magnification levels: 4X, 10X, 20X and 40X. Saibo, containing CB and other subrack facilities, will be transported to the ISS in the JEM-ELM. After the Kibo is attached to the ISS, Saibo will be transferred by the crew to a rack location inside the Kibo. Once the rack is installed and checked out, it will be ready for subrack facility operations and will be operated as the science is scheduled. The CB microscope image and operation scene; microscope X,Y stage and microscope focus in the OC and the microscope mode (for example, from Phase Contrast to Fluorescence) and Fluorescence filter can be monitored and commanded simultaneously on the ground.

    Operations

    Facility Operations

    Saibo, containing CB and other subrack facilities, will be transported to the ISS in the JEM-ELM. After the Kibo is attached to the ISS, Saibo will be transferred by the crew to a rack location inside the Kibo. Once the rack is installed and checked out, it will be ready for subrack facility operations and will be operated as the science is scheduled. The CB microscope image and operation scene; microscope X,Y stage and microscope focus in the OC and the microscope mode (for example, from Phase Contrast to Fluorescence) and Fluorescence filter can be monitored and commanded simultaneously on the ground.

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    Results/More Information

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    Related Websites
  • Clean Bench
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    Imagery

    image Clean Bench (CB) in the Saibo Experiment Rack. Image courtesy of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
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    image NASA Image:ISS020E010301 - European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne, Expedition 20 flight engineer, works at the Clean Bench Facility in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station.
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