Mycological Evaluation of Crew Exposure to ISS Ambient Air - 3 (Myco-3) - 09.17.14
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Mycological Evaluation of Crew Exposure to ISS Ambient Air -3 (Myco-3) is performed to identify what kinds of fungi proliferate on the International Space Station. A detailed study will evaluate the risk of microorganisms to the astronauts via inhalation or adhesion to the skin.
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Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
ISS Expedition Duration
September 2010 - May 2012
Previous ISS Missions
- Myco-3 samples will be collected from the nasal cavity, the pharynx and the skin of crew during preflight, in flight and postflight focusing particularly on fungi which act as strong allergens in our living environment.
It is well known that a living and working environment in the ISS has been progressively contaminated by a number of microorganisms from the beginning of construction. These microorganisms can possibly cause serious life-threatening diseases and allergies if human immunity is compromised.