Biodegradation investigates the initial stages of the biodegrading and biodeterioration of surfaces of structural materials used in the ISS. These samples will help us understand what microorganisms are present on ISS and will help develop effective methods of protecting spacecraft surfaces such as new coatings and advanced biocides. The collected samples will be returned to Earth for detailed microbial analysis.Principal Investigator(s)
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)Sponsoring Organization
Information PendingResearch Benefits
Information PendingISS Expedition Duration:
April 2003 - March 2011Expeditions Assigned
7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19/20,21/22,23/24,25/26Previous ISS Missions
Development of biological safety assurance techniques for spacecraft based on the investigation of initial stages of colonization of surfaces of structural materials of habitation modules and SC external surfaces by various microorganisms.
Information PendingEarth Applications
Biosamples kit, cameraOperational Protocols
Take samples of different areas around ISS and put them in the Biosamples kit for return to Earth.
Acquisition of new integrated data on colonization dynamics for various material surfaces, composition and structure of biological layers, destructive properties of their microorganisms, their sensitivity to various biocydes, that will allow to choose more advanced approaches for inhibition of harmful activity of destructive microorganisms, and purposefully proceed to development of effective methods of protecting SC structural and decorative materials against biological corrosion and biological damages.